Textron Marine & Land, an
operating unit of Textron Systems, was awarded a contract by the U.S.
Navy valued at over $30 million. This latest award comes as a
modification to an existing United States Navy contract for work
associated with the Landing Craft
, Air Cushion (LCAC) Service Life
Extension Program (SLEP). This award is to perform upgrades on four
additional fleet craft, bringing the total number of craft to undergo
SLEP by Textron to fourteen.
B. Clay Moise, vice president of marine and combat vehicles,
stated that, "LCAC has proven, time and again, that it is an essential
component of U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Amphibious Forces. The
enhancements that we are currently performing will offer our
warfighters modernized equipment that is fully integrated with the
fleet, at a fraction of new build cost. We are pleased by the
confidence that the Navy has demonstrated in our abilities, as
evidenced by this new contract award, and we look forward to a
continued Navy/Industry team effort."
The SLEP production program has been underway since 1996. Work is
ongoing, with incremental deliveries of completed craft. The first
completed craft was delivered in December 2000. The last deliveries
under this contract will now take place in the last quarter of 2006.
The SLEP contract entails modifications for extending the service
life of the LCAC from 20 to 30 years. Changes include incorporation of
main engine upgrades, installation of a new skirt system, and some
hull and fuel system modifications that were developed to improve trim
and damage stability characteristics of the LCAC. In addition,
communication/navigation systems will be upgraded for consistency with
other U.S. Navy equipment and to reduce the costs of maintenance,
repair and obsolescence of parts. The majority of the work will be
completed at Textron Marine & Land in New Orleans, Louisiana.
LCAC is an amphibious vehicle that traverses snow, marsh, ice,
tundra, sand and water. The first LCACs were manufactured in 1984 with
a service life design of 20 years. All craft have performed at or
above expectations and have become an integral part of the Navy's
amphibious capabilities. The Service Life Extension Program will
extend the useful life of the LCAC fleet, reducing operating costs and
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Textron Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron
Inc., provides innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of
the global aerospace and defense industries. The company supports
military precision engagement and dominant maneuver with strike
weapons, mobility and surveillance systems. The Textron name is well
known in the areas of advanced weapons, surveillance systems, aircraft
control components, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles.