CABI Cattaneo

CABI Cattaneo is an Italian boat and submersible builder which primarily supplies the Special Operations Forces market. Due to the nature of their work they are extremely secretive.[1]

CABI Cattaneo
FounderGiustino Cattaneo
Key people
Guido Cattaneo


Israel Navy Gang (pig) SDV BIR-55 formerly with Shayetet 13

CABI Cattaneo was founded in 1936 by Giustino Cattaneo and was involved in vehicle design and engineering before World War II. They have primarily supplied Italy's COMSUBIN Special Forces but they have also been active in the export market,[2][3] albeit in absolute secrecy.[4] In 2016 the company participated in an expo, Seafuture 2016, for the first time.[5] From their inception they involved in the production of components for special operations craft, in 1936 they produced the engine components for the first MT explosive motorboats.[6]

In 2018 the company unveiled their Deep Shadow swimmer delivery vehicle. It has a crew of two and a carrying capacity of four combat divers.[7]

They are based in Milan, Italy.[8]


Tipo-C ChariotEdit

The Tipo-C Chariot was introduced in 1954 for the Incusori.[9]


  • Length: 6.430 m[9]
  • Hull diameter: 0.76 m[9]
  • Operating depth: 30 m[9]
  • Speed: 4.8 kn max, 2.3 kn cruising[9]
  • Endurance: 26 nmi[9]
  • Armament: limpet mines[9]
  • Crew: 2+[9]


The BIR-58 swimmer delivery vehicle was introduced in 1958. It was named for Gino Birindelli and had a gasoline engine for surface running.[9]


  • Length: 6.45 m[9]
  • Hull width: 1.18 m[9]
  • Empty weight: 1.5 tonnes[9]
  • Operating depth: 20 m[9]
  • Speed: 4.5 kn max, 3.5 kn cruising[9]
  • Endurance: 40 nmi on batteries, 70 nmi with engine (surface)[9]
  • Armament: limpet mines[9]
  • Crew/PAX: 5[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sutton, H I. "Qatar To Acquire Submarines In New Twist In Gulf States' Big Naval Expansion". Forbes. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ "CIA Information Report, 9 February 1949 (unclassified 2001) - 1/2". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. ^ "CIA Information Report, 9 February 1949 (unclassified 2001) - 2/2". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Secretive Special Forces sub builder comes out of the dark". Covert Shores. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  5. ^ Sutton, H I. "Deep Shadow SDV". Covert Shores. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  6. ^ Alessandro Massignani, Jack Greene and (2009). The Black Prince And The Sea Devils. Hachette Books. p. 11. ISBN 978-0786751280.
  7. ^ "CABI CATTANEO UNVEILS DEEP SHADOW SDV". Baird Maritime. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  8. ^ "WE'RE WORKING ON OUR NEW SITE". CABI Cattaneo. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Sutton, H I. "COMSUBIN reveal underwater vehicles". HI Sutton. Retrieved 16 October 2020.