Rolls-Royce to power U.S. Navy’s new Ship-to-Shore Connector hovercraft fleet

  • 22-Oct-2012 11:18 EDT
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On each hovercraft, the Rolls-Royce MT7 gas turbines will be connected to a sophisticated gearbox system providing both propulsion and lift.

Rolls-Royce won a contract to power the U.S. Navy’s future fleet of hovercrafts, known as the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC). It will work with Textron Marine & Land Systems, which has been selected to build the initial development craft, in a program that could extend to 73 craft. The SSC will replace the Navy’s current fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft over the next 20 years. The new hovercraft will be used to rapidly deploy personnel and vehicles between U.S. Navy ships and the shore. Each SSC will use multiple Rolls-Royce MT7 gas turbines, derived from the AE1107 engine, which powers the U.S. Marine Corps ’ V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Rolls-Royce will also design and manufacture the air intake and exhaust systems.

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