Textron Inc. is awarded an additional $314.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in support of the U.S. Navy’s Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) program.
The modification is for the procurement of additional long-lead-time material (LLTM) for the SSC program, Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 100 Class Craft 109 through 118, for the continuation of pre-fabrication activities for LCAC 109 through 112, and for the initial procurement of LLTM for LCAC 119 through 123.
The SSC Program is the functional replacement for the existing fleet of vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. It is an Air Cushion Vehicle designed for a 30-year service life. The SSC mission is to land surface assault elements in support of Operational Maneuver from the Sea, at over-the-horizon distances, while operating from amphibious ships and mobile landing platforms. SSC provides increased performance to handle current and future missions, as well as improvements which will increase craft availability and reduce total ownership cost.
Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the combined amount of around $235.7 million will be obligated at time of award.
Work will be performed in New Orleans, Louisiana (46 percent); Leesburg, Virginia (18 percent); Mandal, Norway (8 percent); Gloucester, United Kingdom (7 percent); Livonia, Michigan (7 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (4 percent); Eatontown, New Jersey (2 percent); Gold Beach, Oregon (2 percent); Riverdale, Iowa (2 percent); Huntington Beach, California (2 percent); Metairie, Louisiana (2 percent), and is expected to be complete by July 2023.
U.S. Navy Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) Program
Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) is an air cushion vehicle (hovercraft) system under development for the U.S. Navy as a replacement for its existing Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicle fleet, which are nearing the end of their service life.
The program is the first major naval acquisition program in more than 15 years to be designed “in-house” by the Navy rather than by private industry. The craft is being built by Textron Marine & Land Systems and the major subcontractors are L-3 Communications, GE Dowty, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, Innovative Power Solutions, R. Cushman & Associates, and Umoe Mandal.
Top speed of the craft, to be powered by four Rolls-Royce MT7 marine gas turbine engines, will be 50 kn (58 mph; 93 km/h). An enclosed personnel transport module can be loaded aboard the craft that can hold up to 145 combat-equipped Marines or 108 casualty personnel.
The primary mission of the SSC is to land surface assault elements in support of Operational Maneuver from the Sea (OMFTS), at over-the-horizon distances, while operating from amphibious ships and mobile landing platforms. LCACs/SSCs can haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies through varied environmental conditions.
The SSC program will significantly enhance the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team’s capability to execute a broad spectrum of missions from humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) to multidimensional amphibious assault.
The SSC Program of Record is for a total of 73 craft (one Test and Training (LCAC 100) and 72 operational craft). Deliveries will begin in fiscal year 2018 with initial operational capability (IOC) projected for fiscal year 2020. The SSC has a designed lifetime of 30 years.