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Textron Marine & Land Systems and L-3 Communications Team on Ship-to-Shore Connector.

NEW ORLEANS -- Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE NYSE

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) company, has teamed with L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL LLL
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) to pursue the Navy's next generation landing-craft, the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC SSC Secondary School Certificate
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), and to further develop the Navy's contract design using its proven detailed design-to-prototype build practices.

The SSC program, estimated by the Navy to have a value of $4 billion, provides for the construction of up to 80 hovercraft to replace the aging Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC LCAC Landing Craft Air Cushion
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) fleet. These craft provide the primary over-the-horizon, ship-to-objective amphibious lift capability, as well as the capability to move across the beach carrying heavy payloads for military and humanitarian operations.

Textron Marine & Land Systems is proposing to be the prime contractor, shipbuilder, and test facility; L-3 Communications is proposing to design, build, outfit, integrate, test and deliver various craft modules, as well as provide integrated lifecycle support and logistics.

The partnership unites Textron Marine & Land Systems' technical expertise and high-rate precision manufacturing with L-3 Communications' advanced maritime integration capabilities. This unique skill set, along with the more than 55 years of combined air cushion vehicle A vehicle capable of being operated so that its weight, including its payload, is wholly or significantly supported on a continuously generated cushion or "bubble" of air at higher than ambient pressure. Also called ACV. (Note: NATO uses the term "ground effect machine.")  (ACV ACV
1. actual cash value

2. air-cushion vehicle
) experience of the team is in line with the needs of sailors and soldiers. Since the delivery of the first LCAC in 1984 by Textron Marine & Land Systems, both L-3 Communications and Textron Marine & Land Systems have delivered all of the Navy's LCAC Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) craft in support of the Navy's operational readiness.

"Our team will be focused on taking the Navy design and ensuring a low risk transition to production," said Textron Marine & Land Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley. "No one has the proven knowledge and expertise that our two companies possess on such a unique platform. We look forward to providing the lowest risk best value solution for the U.S. Navy."

The Navy's SSC Specification Development is scheduled to continue for another year, with an anticipated release of a request for proposal of the Detailed Design and Construction of the lead craft in late 2010.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Textron Inc. More information is available at

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at

About L-3 Communications, Inc.

Headquartered in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
, L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL) employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR C3ISR Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance  (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance may refer to:
  • the US Joint Command see'' Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
  • the military term, see'' Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance.
) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2008 sales of $14.9 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's Web site at
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