L-3 Titan Upgrading LCACs
L-3 Communications Titan Unidyne in Norfolk, VA won an $8.8 million firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade landing craft air cushion (LCAC) hovercraft 62, 64, 65, and 76. The US Marines’ LCACs can carry as many as 11 Humvee jeeps or a 60-ton M-1 Abrams tank directly from the well deck of an at-sea vessel like an LHD or LPD, and continue right up onto land before disembarking its cargo. Or, it can embark troops and vehicles on land and deliver them directly to an at-sea ship. A total of 91 LCACs were built between 1984-2001, and depending on their in-service dates they will require regular refurbishment, upgrades, and even life extension programs to keep them operational into the future.
Work will be performed in Camp Pendleton, CA and is expected to be complete by October 2006. This contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with two offers received. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, CA issued the contract (N55236-06-C-0002).