Textron hands over next-gen SSC
Textron Systems announced on 9 March that it has delivered its first Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), Craft 100 to the US Navy (USN).
The SSC will replace the current fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicles in USN service, which transport a range of weapon systems, equipment, cargo and personnel.
Henry Finneral, senior VP at Textron Systems, said that the SSC ‘will provide the Navy with a needed capability to rapidly transport material, personnel and humanitarian assistance to shore lines.’
SSC is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 35kt. Textron has also increased the payload of the craft and extended its service life to 30 years.
Production of the vehicle is to be carried out at Textron facilities in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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