100 feet is not really small.
Army awards billion-dollar contract for 100-foot landing ships
By: David B. Larter
The Army has awarded a nearly $1 billion contract to the Oregon-based shipbuilder Vigor Works to replace its aging Mike Boats with a larger, faster Maneuver Support Vessel (Light).
The contract announced Thursday is a firm fix-price contract for $979,794,011 with an estimated completion date in 2027.
The MSL(V) replaces the Landing Craft Mechanized 8, a 74-foot boat with a top speed of 9 knots that first entered service in the late 1950s.
The MSL(V) will be 100 feet and can haul one M1A2 Abrams tank, two Stryker armored vehicles with slat armor or four joint light tactical vehicles with trailers. It will have a top speed of 18 knots.
US Army Officially Opens Bids for New Landing Ship
The US Army’s program to replace its aging fleet of 74-foot landing craft with a new model is officially under way. The service issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to industry on Oct. 28 for a roughly 100-foot-long craft able to land an Abrams main battle tank directly onto a beach.
By: Christopher P. Cavas