The US Navy wants firms to submit proposals for a new landing craft.
The service’s Naval Sea Systems Command issued a draft request for a ship-to-shore connector (SSC), giving firms until March 31 to reply.
A new landing craft would replace the Navy’s Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) amphibious craft that have been in service since the 1980s.
Two teams are known to be developing SSC designs: one involving Textron, L3 Communications and Alcoa; and a second consisting of Marinette, Boeing, Oceaneering and Griffon Hoverwork.
The new SSC designs will be very similar in size to previous designs, but have an uprated load requirement of 67 metric tons, up from 54 on current LCACs.