NEW ORLEANS— Textron Marine & Land Systems has been selected to build the U.S. Navy Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) program
The SSC will replace the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC), and will be able to land at more than 80 percent of the world’s shorelines.
The approximately $213 million contract covers the design and construction of a test-and-training vehicle by February 2017.
Options for up to eight production craft to be delivered by 2020 carry a total potential value of $570 million.
Textron has teamed with Alcoa Defense and navigation systems expert L-3 Communications—which has six locations in Canada.
Textron was recently awarded the Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program from the Department of National Defence, which calls for the manufacture of 500 vehicles with an option for 100 more.