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USN hovercraft programme steers past rocky waters

5th May 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by Jason Sherman in New York


The Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) programme cleared a major hurdle in April, when the USN awarded Textron a $386 million contract for a new batch of production vehicles.

This clears the way to extend manufacturing of the new combat hovercraft until 2025 and execute orders originally expected as far back as 2017. 

The contract for Textron covers construction of 15 new SSC craft - officially called Landing Craft, Air Cushion 100 Class – arrived after design and test issues that have hampered the schedule of the modernisation project. 

‘As the programme continues to move forward with delivering these important capabilities to the

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Jason Sherman


Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a US-based journalist. Since 1994, he has covered the Pentagon, defence industry, …

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