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.
- Sixteenth Annual Technical Symposium of the Association of Scientists and Engineers of the Naval Sea Systems Command, held in Arlington, Virginia, March 30, 1979.
Association of Scientists and Engineers of NASSCDepartment of the Navy
Washington, DC United States 203632
- Benson, J L
- Publication Date: 1979-3
- Features: References;
- Pagination: 26 p.
- TRT Terms: Air cushion vehicles; Amphibious operations; Cost effectiveness; Landing craft; Military vessels
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00190253
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Association of Scientists and Engineers of NASSC
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM