Textron Systems will produce five cargo-carrying landing craft for the US Navy under a new contract announced by the US Department of Defense.
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The US defence development and manufacturing firm will produce five future Ship-to-Shore Connector Landing Craft Air Cushion 100 Class craft under the US$241 million contract announced on 4 August.
The air cushioned, all-aluminium ship-to-shore connector has a payload of 74 tonnes, deck area of 1,608 square feet and a speed of 35 knots at sea state three on four gas turbine engines.
The craft operates with a crew of four (pilot, copilot, load master, and deck engineer) for high speed and heavy payload transportation in logistically contested environments. It can also perform humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in remote geographical areas affected by natural disasters.
“Whether it be for wartime missions or humanitarian efforts, the SSC can be used to transport food, water, medical supplies, and life-saving equipment to locations throughout the global maritime environment,” a Textron spokesperson said.
“The SSC allows US naval forces to safely access remote and undeveloped shorelines during times of critical need when other methods of transportation are not feasible or available.
“In addition to the SSC, we have the world’s most experienced air cushioned vehicle field service representatives who are ready to deploy on a moment’s notice to provide needed technical and maintenance support anywhere across the globe.”