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Americans are modernizing their hovercraft amphibious assault ships.

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Thirteen years ago, the US Navy decided to upgrade its air-cushion landing craft (LCAC, Landing Craft Air Cushion) and extend their service life from 20 to 30 years. The real work began in the 2005 year and today the 30 airborne amphibious assault ships have been modernized, or they are in full swing (seven LCACs are currently undergoing this process). The amount of modernization is about $ 9 million each. Another 72 vessel is in operation, ten are in reserve (as a replacement), and two are used for research and development. The whole process will take more than ten years.



In the course of modernization, the engine is replaced (in those cases where it is possible to avoid replacement, it undergoes a major overhaul), structural elements damaged by corrosion are replaced, and new electronics and other accessories are installed. After the above procedures and painting, the upgraded vessels look like new, but with significant improvements. Upgraded LCACs are easier to maintain, more reliable, and have better performance.



The first LCAC was built in 1984, the last year in 2001. The ship entered service in the 1987 year. LCAC can carry 60 tons of payload at speeds of 70 kilometers per hour for distances more than 350 kilometers from large landing craft on which they are based. Its main advantage is that it can LCAC quickly move through swamps and other coastal obstacles. Thus, LCACS (which can carry the M-1 tank) is capable of landing troops on 70 percent of the coastline in the world, compared to only the 17 percent for ordinary landing ships.
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  1. Canep
    Canep April 25 2013 05: 50 New
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    It was not necessary to write landing ships, but landing hovercraft barges. They don’t have one yet.
    1. Bykov.
      Bykov. April 25 2013 07: 10 New
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      Quote: Canep
      It was not necessary to write landing ships, but landing hovercraft barges. They don’t have one yet.

      Why did they need to invest in upgrading their obsolete junk?
      Not otherwise there are problems with technical thought, they will not give birth to new ideas, but they are embarrassed to buy from us in vain.
      1. shark
        shark April 25 2013 08: 57 New
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        And we won’t sell it))) I read that they bargain like that. The board or two have already been sold to someone.
        1. avt
          avt April 25 2013 09: 14 New
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          Quote: shark
          And we won’t sell it))) I read that they bargain like that. The board or two have already been sold to someone.

          That's right, you can not compare. Different apparatuses and applications are different with similar tasks.
    2. Nayhas
      Nayhas April 25 2013 08: 08 New
      +7
      The "Bison" will not fit into the docking chamber of the UDC, it itself will not swim across the ocean, so think what you write.
      1. Canep
        Canep April 25 2013 08: 27 New
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        I think that it was not worth calling a barge a ship, the ship should have at least some weapons
        1. Professor
          April 25 2013 08: 46 New
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          Correct the "ship" to the "ship" will it suit you? On the "barge" I will not correct. wink
          1. Canep
            Canep April 25 2013 09: 04 New
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            Good to you Professor. You can fix it on the ship for polit. correctness. (not yours and not ours). Although the delivery vehicle from the ship to the shore is called a landing barge (or bot). The ship must go by sea. Here is an example of a WWII barge.
            [img]http://im5-tub-kz.yandex.net/i?id=632108825-08-72&n=21[/img]
            1. Professor
              April 25 2013 09: 09 New
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              Duc 350 km from the coast is no longer even the sea, but the open ocean is obtained.
              1. Canep
                Canep April 25 2013 09: 13 New
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                Not sure if it can withstand the ocean waves. But the name of the SVP also fits. Just let the Americans put ship navigation lights on it, and other ship attributes.
                1. Professor
                  April 25 2013 09: 43 New
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                  Persuaded, I will write an article about this barge. There will be about seaworthiness.
                  By the way, this barge is armed with two machine guns or two automatic grenade launchers. Correct back to the ship? wink
      2. shark
        shark April 25 2013 11: 20 New
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        in addition to ZUBR, we had a whole zoo. For all occasions. That's just not in the know where he ran
        1. Sokol peruna
          Sokol peruna April 25 2013 13: 25 New
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          shark
          in addition to ZUBR, we had a whole zoo. For all occasions. That's just not in the know where he ran

          Left for scrapping. On nails and open-hearth pieces. Only 2 Baltic “Bisons” and 2 “Murenas” remained in canned food at the Khabarovsk Shipyard (Yes, they are kept only for training crews of possible export orders).
  2. Krapovy32
    Krapovy32 April 25 2013 05: 54 New
    +3
    And no matter how they convince everyone that they are peaceful and only wish good to everyone, no one believes them. Armed and plotting something again. This is who the first terrorist on the planet. hi
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas April 25 2013 08: 13 New
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      By the way, many recalling the US Navy primarily remember their aircraft carriers, completely forgetting about their landing fleet many times superior to the carrier fleet both in number and tonnage.
  3. VohaAhov
    VohaAhov April 25 2013 08: 15 New
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    Quote: Canep
    It was not necessary to write landing ships, but landing hovercraft barges. They don’t have one yet.

    The Americans are well done, but here, the legislators of the fashion for hovercraft, there are only TWO "Bison" for the entire Navy. There is no more hovercraft in the Russian Navy. To the author plus.
  4. MEWTWO
    MEWTWO April 25 2013 09: 54 New
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    modern
  5. MEWTWO
    MEWTWO April 25 2013 09: 55 New
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    modern
  6. MEWTWO
    MEWTWO April 25 2013 09: 59 New
    +1
    super large "LCACs
  7. shark
    shark April 25 2013 11: 14 New
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    Quote: shark
    And we won’t sell it))) I read that Ukrainians bargain like that. They have already sold one or two to someone.
    1. Sokol peruna
      Sokol peruna April 25 2013 13: 19 New
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      shark
      And we will not sell)))

      Already sold. 3 DKVP "Bison" to Greece, 3 DKAVP "Murena-E" to South Korea.

      I read that Ukrainians trade like that. Board or two have already sold to someone.

      Ukraine has filed 1 DKVP Zubr to Greece, 2 to China.
  8. Simple
    Simple April 25 2013 14: 06 New
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    Employment of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC):

    http://de.scribd.com/doc/104364058/mcrp-3-31-1a-employment-of-landing-craft-air-
    cushion-lcac


    Photos of LCAC and Bison:

    http://thebrigade.thechive.com/?s=%20LCAC


    Article "Building a Better LCAC":

    http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/building-a-better-lcac-%E2%80%93-the-
    ship-to-shore-connector /
  9. Simple
    Simple April 25 2013 14: 20 New
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    Quote: MEWTWO
    super large "LCACs


    Good day.
    In 2011, the HLCAC project was discontinued.