September 12, 2010
Alcoa Defense joins SSC team
Alcoa Defense has joined Textron Marine & Land Systems and L-3 Communications in a team pursuing the contract for the U.S. Navy's next-generation landing craft, the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC).
"With more than 100,000 lb of aluminum in every craft, you want to make sure you have the undisputed world leader in aluminum on your team," said Textron Marine & Land Systems General Manager Tom Walmsley. "With Alcoa's unsurpassed knowledge of aluminum production and performance, proven design capability and advanced product manufacturing know-how, they are an integral part of our team's low risk and life cycle focused approach to SSC."
"Textron Marine & Land Systems and L-3 together are the experienced leaders in heavy lift air cushion design, engineering, manufacturing and integration," said Alcoa Defense Director Jimmy Williams. "Alcoa Defense gives the team another way to optimize the SSC design. With an unmatched combination of proven design tools and new manufacturing technologies, this team has the capability to minimize craft weight and maximize cost savings that have not only been achieved on the LCAC program, but more recently in Alcoa Defense's case, the Littoral Combat Ship and Joint High Speed Vessel."
The SSC is planned to be the functional replacement for the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC), the cornerstone of the U.S. amphibious program for more than 20 years. An SSC detailed design and construction contract for the lead test and training craft is expected to be awarded in 2011.
Earlier this year, Marinette Marine, now a unit of Fincantieri, reported that it had teamed with Boeing to pursue the SSC contract.