Built by the company under a $212.7M contract, the Landing Craft Air Cushion 100 has passed builder’s trials and started preparations for the acceptance tests. Textron is also currently building and testing its second SSC, the LCAC 101.
According to Textron CEO Scott Donnelly, the Navy intends to exercise build-out options for the SSC.
“Earlier this week, we flew Craft 101, which is the second one. It did its first time on the water and ran flawlessly for over six hours and accomplished an awful lot out of the test card,” said Donnelly.
The service branch’s program of record requires the procurement of 73 SSC units. A government committee will determine the amount of funding to be released for the effort.