Textron Inc., New Orleans, La., has actually been granted a $7,261,214 adjustment to a previously-awarded agreement for touchdown craft, air padding unique research studies, evaluation and also evaluations under the Ship- to-Shore Connector (SSC) program.
Work will certainly be executed in New Orleans,La (80%); Fort Worth, Texas (10%); and also Gloucester, United Kingdom (10%).
The SSC program is the practical substitute for the existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushion cars, that are nearing completion of their 30-year life span.
Textron provided the initial Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), Craft 100, to the UNITED STATE Navy on February 6 this year.
Prior to distribution, Craft 100 went through incorporated screening to show the ability of its fly-by-wire guiding, electric and also propulsion systems and also finished its Acceptance Trials in December 2019.
As the substitute for the existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) cars, follow-on SSCs will mainly transfer tool systems, tools, freight, and also employees with hard ecological problems to the coastline. The craft can take a trip at a continual 35 knots.
Though the SSC is constructed with comparable setups, measurements, and also clearances to existing LCAC, making sure compatability with existing well deck-equipped aquatic ships, in addition to Expeditionary Transfer Dock and also Expeditionary Sea Bases, it shares much less than one percent of tradition LCAC initial components.
The Navy will certainly remain to make use of Craft 100 as an examination and also training craft. There are presently thirteen added SSCs in numerous states of manufacturing. Builder’s Trials for Craft 101 are arranged for the initial quarter of this year, with Acceptance Trials adhering to in the springtime.