$30-Million Navy Contract On Landing Craft Awarded To Bell Aerospace Textron

A $30-million contract for long lead time materials for the next six landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) vessels has been awarded to Bell Aerospace Textron, Division of Textron, Inc., New Orleans.

This new contract, announced by John J. Kelly, senior vice president and general manager of Bell Aerospace Textron, New Orleans Operations, and president of Bell Halter Inc., increases to 12 the number of LCAC craft to be produced at the Bell Halter production facility. Bell received a $172- million contract for the first six LCACs in June 1981. Rollout of the first two LCACs is scheduled for 1984, with the third due in mid-1985.

The LCAC program is being conducted at Bell Aerospace Textron's New Orleans Operations, established in 1969 to concentrate on air cushion vehicle and surface effect ship design and construction.

The LCAC is an amphibious air cushion vehicle that can travel at speeds up to 50 knots and can quickly transport troops, equipment, and weapons from support ships located over the horizon to dry ground beyond the beach. They are expected to replace the Navy's current fleet of landing craft, which are of World War II design, dramatically improving the ship-toshore capability of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 30,  Dec 15, 1983 W.W. Matthews

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