LCACs will be built with similar configurations, dimensions and spacing to the legacy LCACs they replace, ensuring this newest hovercraft is fully compatible with existing, well-appointed amphibious ships, Expeditionary Sea Base and Expeditionary Transfer Dock. LCACs can carry a payload of 60-75 tons. They primarily transport assault element weapon systems, equipment, cargo and personnel through a variety of conditions, including across the beach.
Textron Systems of Slidell, La. is currently in series production on LCACs 107–115.
“LCACs are a critical tool for the Navy, Marine Corps and all of our war fighters,” said Capt. Jason Grabelle, program manager for Amphibious Assault and Connectors, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “This delivery comes at an important time for the fleet and its inclusion will only strengthen our stance.”
Delivery of LCAC 105 will come after completion of acceptance trials conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey, which have tested the craft’s readiness and ability to effectively meet its requirements.
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