Zodiac Milpro wins order to build advanced RIBs for French Navy commandos.
The French defence ministry has confirmed its acceptance of the first advanced ECUME RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) manufactured by Zodiac Milpro and has placed an order for 9 boats. The purchase is the first part of an investment option that will ultimately result in the delivery of another 10 of the advanced new boats by Zodiac Milpro.
The design of the ECUME was based on the proven Zodiac Hurricane ZH-935 RIB which was then refined and adapted for the specialized high speed deployment of navy commandos.
The ECUME will enter service as a multi-mission craft that can be deployed individually or as part of a powerful assault group. The new RIBs will now meet the needs of French Navy commandos operating in three mission areas including special operations, air-sea operations and activities relating to the protection of the maritime approaches.
The ECUME is 9.30 metres long and is powered by two diesel inboard engines that were designed specifically for the purpose by Volvo Penta. With a maximum cruising displacement of 7 tonnes, the ECUME RIBs are able to undertake long distance raids carrying 12 fully equipped navy commandos at speeds in excess of 40 knots. The key to its on-water performance lies with the use of the uniqueZodiac Milpro MACH II (Military Air Channeled Hull). This has been developed to reduce water resistance and enhance directional stability so that higher speeds can be maintained with greater fuel economy and safety.