Model of the landing boat type LCU 1700
The project was named LCU 1700 (Landing Craft, Utility) and should replace the arsenal of the American fleet LCU boats of previous modifications. The cost of the contract was $ 18 million - for this money, the company must provide the military command with the first prototype of the boat within 31 months and transfer all the design documentation.
If the LCU 1700 prototype satisfies the military, the contract volume can be increased to 31 boats, and the total amount of the deal will be almost $ 430 million. Up to 2027, the US Navy command plans to adopt new boats.
The length of the LCU 1700 should be more than 42 m, width - 9,4 m, displacement - more than 400 tons. This will allow the boat to carry up to 400 people or two tank M1A1 Abrams, or cargo weighing over 150 tons. The crew of each of the boats will consist of 13 people, cruising range - 1200 miles, speed - 8 knots.