As focus shifts from land-based competitions to large sea-based operations, there is an increased capability requirement for executing expeditionary logistics at sea and ashore. As an industry leader and key integrator for marine specialty craft for over 50 years, Textron Systems believes that Surface Effect Ship (SES) technology can be utilized to provide specialized performance capabilities that traditional monohulls can’t when it comes to logistical support operations. Building on unique technical expertise, we are proud to introduce a new, innovative design, called the Surface Effect Cargo Amphibious Transport (SECAT). This platform, based on SES technology, can deliver the advanced logistic capabilities required for Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) & Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO).
As a surface craft, SECAT concept has an aluminum catamaran hull with a flexible bow and stern seals to contain an air cushion between the ridge side hulls. This design allows for reduced resistance for high-speed maneuvers and is inherently less susceptible to underwater shockwaves, sea mines, submarine targeting, and torpedoes, increasing overall survivability for the craft.Designed as a survivable, low-profile, high-speed connector, SECAT can carry 500 tons of cargo at 50 knots for 500 nautical miles in high sea states. This innovative design enables performance capabilities such as survivability, at sea rolling stock cargo transfer, “feet dry” cargo offload/load ashore, high speed shallow and deepwater operations, and the versatility to carry a wide range of cargos- all of which could greatly enhance the U.S Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps’ ability to successfully execute EABO and DMO.
Textron Systems has extensive experience within the marine specialty craft space. With CUSV® system, our Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle, Ship-to-Shore Connector, and more, team continues to build upon expertise and knowledge to support customers with modern solutions and next-generation technology to ensure they are successful today and tomorrow. Its operating units are: Support Solutions, Electronic Solutions, Unmanned Systems (Hunt Valley, Maryland), Advanced Information Solutions (Austin, Texas), Geospatial Solutions (Sterling, Virginia), Lycoming Engines (Williamsport, Pennsylvania), Marine & Land Systems (Slidell, Louisiana), TRU Simulation & Training (Tampa, Florida), Weapon & Sensor Systems (Wilmington, Massachusetts): a maker of weapons such as anti-vehicle mines \ and surveillance systems.