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US Navy’s new landing craft nears key tests, but challenges remain

3rd April 2019 - 10:47 GMT | by Marc Selinger in Washington, DC


The US Navy is trying to fix several technical problems with its Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) and keep the new landing craft on track to undergo acceptance tests later this year, according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

‘The SSC programme has made notable progress; however, first-in-class testing continues to pose challenges,’ NAVSEA spokeswoman Colleen O’Rourke said in a statement on 1 April.

To ensure it meets reliability requirements, the programme is redesigning ‘select gears in the lift fan and propulsion assemblies of the main engine gearbox,’ O’Rourke said. The programme is using ‘interim gearboxes’ to proceed with integration

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Marc Selinger


Marc Selinger

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