Navy Awards Textron Contract Toward Second Lot of New LCACs
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has awarded to Textron a contract modification for procurement of long-lead materials for the second production lot of the new Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 100 class.
Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Textron Marine and Land Systems a $7.9 million contract modification procurement of long lead time material for the new ship-to-shore connector craft, LCACs 109 through 112.
The contract award comes less than a week after the first new craft, LCAC 100, began testing in water at the Textron facility in Slidell, Louisiana. LCAC 100 will go through builder’s trials later in April and then be prepared for the Navy’s acceptance trials, Allen said. The craft will be delivered to the Navy in the summer for further testing in at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Florida.
LCAC 101 is scheduled to be delivered by the end of April. LCACs 101 through 108 will be the first to enter fleet service, with 101 through 106 used to establish initial operational capability.
The LCAC 100 class is being procured by the Navy to supplement and eventually replace the older LCAC class that has been in service for decades. The LCAC 100 has many features that improve operation and maintenance, especially through use of composite materials.