AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT LANDING CRAFT (AALC) ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM--TURNING TECHNOLOGY INTO FLEET CAPABILITY

The Amphibious Assault Landing Craft (AALC) Program is a U.S. Navy advanced development effort. The Program objective is to define, develop, demonstrate and document a system of advanced landing craft which will improve the cost-effectiveness of the ship-to-shore movement of men, vehicles, equipment and material during an amphibious assaut. Current AALC Program emphasis is on the design, construction, tests and trials of two 160-ton air cushion landing craft, (designated JEFF(A) and JEFF(B)) and a shipboard handling system, Amphibious In-Haul Device (AID). The JEFF craft will demonstrate the technical feasibility and military utility of air cushion vehicles in amphibious operations. A brief description of the background and early history of the AALC Program is followed by a discussion of the current program approach. Recent progress and future plans are reported. The current tests and trials phase is leading to an Operational Demonstration. This is a key milestone leading to follow-on acquisition of Fleet hardware to provide a major improvement in the amphibious assault capabilities of the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sixteenth Annual Technical Symposium of the Association of Scientists and Engineers of the Naval Sea Systems Command, held in Arlington, Virginia, March 30, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of Scientists and Engineers of NASSC

    Department of the Navy
    Washington, DC  United States  203632
  • Authors:
    • Benson, J L
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 26 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190253
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Association of Scientists and Engineers of NASSC
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM