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Feature 1
is designed to maximise cushion pressure The PACSCAT
provided by lift fans similar to those concept was
found on SES, with air contained within originally
the bounds of the twin-hull structure and developed by
with a typical skirt seal forward and a John Lewthwaite
moveable flap aft. of Independant
The technology demonstrator is being Maritime
built to the same dimensions as the Assessment
existing Landing Craft Utility Mk 10 Associates.
currently in use with the Royal Marines.
Trials are expected to begin with 11 ATT
Squadron in 2009.
However, while the MoD is funding the
PACSCAT demonstrator programme, it
insists that “all potential technical solutions
[remain] under consideration” for the
FLC requirement. It adds: “The PACSCAT
demonstrator will allow evaluation of its FLC is currently envisaged as a Category procurement strategy for the programme
particular design features at full scale, but C programme (with a budget band of at this stage, but adds that a range
more importantly allow a surface effect ship between £20 million and £100 million of options “are under consideration
to be trialled as a landing craft. It may become [US$29.4 million and US$147.5 million]), including competitive design and build,
an option for FLC, but all potential solutions although final unit and development costs inclusive of through-life support and
are being investigated. Candidate solutions will depend on the technology selected to alternative financing solutions”. It has also
will be identified within the Initial Gate provide the solution. yet to decide whether offshore design and/
business case.” DE&S has yet to settle on a preferred or build “will need to be considered”. WT
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