First Ship-to-Shore Connector Craft Delivered to US Navy

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,...

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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