The US Navy has taken delivery of the next generation Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 from Textron Systems.
This is the second landing craft delivered by the company to Navy this year.
In June this year, the LCAC 101 has concluded acceptance trials. The trials were concluded following the completion of a series of missions for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
During the acceptance trials, the US Navy’s second SSC underwent integrated testing and demonstrated the capability of its installed systems, meeting all the mission requirements.
The SSC is a replacement for the current fleet of legacy LCAC vehicles.
It will be mainly used to transport weapon systems, equipment, cargo, and personnel of the assault elements through diverse environmental conditions.
The craft is said to be able to travel at a sustained 35 knots and offers an increased payload of around 60t to 70t along with a 30-year service life.
LCACs are built at Textron Systems in Slidell, Louisiana and will feature similar configurations, dimensions, and clearances to the older LCAC.
Additionally, they will ensure the compatibility with current amphibious ships and Expeditionary Transfer Dock and Expeditionary Sea Bases.
US Navy Program Executive Office Ships amphibious warfare program manager Capt Cedric McNeal said: “Our next generation surface connectors are going to significantly enhance the Navy and Marine Corps team’s capability to execute missions – from humanitarian assistance to amphibious assault.
“We have 12 additional craft in production with another ten on contract, positioning us to steadily deliver increased capability to our fleet over the coming years.”
PEO Ships, the largest acquisition organisations of the Defense Department, executes the development and acquisition of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, boats and craft.