Textron Marine & Land Systems and L-3 Communications Team on Ship-to-Shore Connector
10/13/2009 10:01:00 AM
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 2009--
Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has teamed with L-3 Communications
(NYSE: LLL) to pursue the Navy’s next generation landing-craft, the
Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), and to further develop the Navy’s
contract design using its proven detailed design-to-prototype build
The SSC program, estimated by the Navy to have a value of $4 billion,
provides for the construction of up to 80 hovercraft to replace the
aging Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) fleet. These craft provide the
primary over-the-horizon, ship-to-objective amphibious lift capability,
as well as the capability to move across the beach carrying heavy
payloads for military and humanitarian operations.
Textron Marine & Land Systems is proposing to be the prime contractor,
shipbuilder, and test facility; L-3 Communications is proposing to
design, build, outfit, integrate, test and deliver various craft
modules, as well as provide integrated lifecycle support and logistics.
The partnership unites Textron Marine & Land Systems’ technical
expertise and high-rate precision manufacturing with L-3 Communications’
advanced maritime integration capabilities. This unique skill set, along
with the more than 55 years of combined air cushion vehicle (ACV)
experience of the team is in line with the needs of sailors and
soldiers. Since the delivery of the first LCAC in 1984 by Textron Marine
& Land Systems, both L-3 Communications and Textron Marine & Land
Systems have delivered all of the Navy’s LCAC Service Life Extension
Program (SLEP) craft in support of the Navy’s operational readiness.
“Our team will be focused on taking the Navy design and ensuring a low
risk transition to production,” said Textron Marine & Land Systems
Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley. “No one has the
proven knowledge and expertise that our two companies possess on such a
unique platform. We look forward to providing the lowest risk best value
solution for the U.S. Navy.”
The Navy’s SSC Specification Development is scheduled to continue for
another year, with an anticipated release of a request for proposal of
the Detailed Design and Construction of the lead craft in late 2010.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to
the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than
50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine
craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance
systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons,
piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle
sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming
Engines, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land
Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned
subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global
network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to
provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is
known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter,
Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee,
and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
About L-3 Communications, Inc.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE:
LLL) employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is prime contractor in
aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command,
Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance)
systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high
technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2008
sales of $14.9 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the
company's Web site at www.L-3com.com.