Textron Systems delivered the first next-generation air cushion vehicle, Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), Craft 100, to the US Navy (USN) on 6 February, the company confirmed.
The craft completed acceptance trials in December 2019, the company said, after undergoing integrated testing to demonstrate the capability of its fly-by-wire steering, electrical, and propulsion systems.
The SSCs will replace the USN's of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) fleet, with a mission set to primarily transport weapon systems, equipment, cargo, and personnel through tough environmental conditions to the beach. The craft can travel at a sustained 35 kt.
The navy will continue to use Craft 100 as a test and training craft.
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