Navy Awards Contract to Tecnico for LCAC Life Extension
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has awarded a contract to Tecnico Corp. to extend the service lives of three landing craft, air cushions (LCACs), with an option to extend the life of a fourth.
According to the Sept. 11 contract announcement, Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a $25.6 million firm, fixed-price contract to provide availabilities for the service life extension program (SLEP) work on three LCACs and the option for a fourth.
“The LCAC SLEP will extend the service life of an LCAC from 20 to 30 years, sustain/enhance craft capability, replace obsolete electronics, repair corrosion damage, reduce life cycle cost by improving reliability and maintainability, increase survivability, and establish a common configuration baseline,” the announcement said. “The LCAC SLEP scope of effort includes repair and upgrade of the buoyancy box; gas turbine engine replacement; installation of a new skirt; installation of an integrated command, control, computers, communications and navigation equipment package; and accomplishment of selected craft alterations and repair work.”
The contract options would bring the value to $48 million. The work will be performed at the East Coast LCAC base in Little Creek, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by February 2021.
The service life of the LCACs is being extended to maintain them in service until their replacement, the LCAC 100 class, comes online. The LCAC 100 class is being built by Textron, which also built the older LCACs. LCAC 100 entered testing earlier this year.