Textron Releases Initial Navy Ship-to-Shore Connector Vehicles

Textron Releases Initial Navy Ship-to-Shore Connector Vehicles
Ship-to-Shore Connector

Textron Systems has deployed two new air-cushion vehicles to the sea after a series of acceptance trials with the U.S. Navy.

Ship-to-Shore Connector Craft 100 and Landing Craft Air Cushion 101 took the final leg of the vessels' trip to the Panama City, Florida-based Naval Surface Warfare Center after departure from a company-run shipyard in New Orleans, Textron said Wednesday.

Craft 100 is built to function as a testing and training platform while LCAC 101 will be the first operational craft.

SSC vehicles are designed replace aging LCACs of assault craft and naval beach units, travel at a speed of 35 knots and have a three-decade service life.

The company noted it is working on 12 more vessels.

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