Textron Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) is the cornerstone of the US amphibious modernisation program and a means to land at more than 80 percent of the world’s shorelines. Developed, manufactured, and supported by Textron Marine & Land, LCAC is in worldwide use by the United States Navy. LCAC is combat-proven and has also proven invaluable in times of disaster, including tsunami and hurricane relief operations.
The LCAC can traverse snow, marsh, ice, tundra and sand. Travelling at 50 knot speeds in sea state 2, LCAC operates at a range of 250 miles while maintaining 10 percent fuel reserves. On land it can traverse obstacles as high as four feet. Designed to function in extreme temperatures LCAC withstands climates ranging from the Arctic cold to Sahara heat.
Cargo is easily loaded onto the LCAC via the bow and stern ramps, allowing roll-on / roll-off capability. The LCAC transports up to 68,040 kg (150,000 pounds) of cargo while in overload mode. Use of deck tie-down rails ensures stability of heavy loads during transit. Whether operating from the well deck of an amphibious transport ship, through the surf zone or beyond the beach inland, LCAC provides over-the-horizon performance.
Beyond its basic mission of transporting personnel and equipment from ship to shore, LCAC has become a multi-mission craft. As a troop carrier, LCAC can be outfitted with a personnel transport module that carries up to 180 people or troops. In civil emergencies its extensive cargo capacity enables delivery of lifesaving supplies and equipment to otherwise inaccessible sites. As a medevac LCAC’s speed ensures rapid response and timely extraction.
Textron LCAC Landing Craft Air Cushion clients include:-
Navy, Coastguard, Search & Rescue, professional user information to follow
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