LCU 1700 class

Extended functionality & Advanced automated systems

LCU 1700 CLASS

The LCU 1700 class is a replacement for the USN LCU 1650 with upgraded & modernized systems and capabilities. The craft has a Roll On/Roll Off configuration with hydraulically controlled bow and stern ramps that allow multiple vessels to mate up to establish a causeway/bridge to access extremely shallow unimproved landing areas. The craft will enter, exit and be transported in well decks of current and programmed U.S. Navy amphibious warfare ships, for design purposes defined by the dimensions of LHD, LPD, LSD and LHA classes without ship alterations, while transporting loads up to 11 feet high above the craft’s vehicle deck.

loa

139′
(42.3m)

beam

31′
(9.4m)

draft

5′ 3″
(1.6m)

speed

11 knots

range

1,200 miles  (1931.2km)

crew

2 Captain
12 Enlisted

other specs

•  Fuel Capacity:  3,500 gallons (13,248.9 liters)

•  Portable Water: 1,000 gallons (3785.4 liters)

•  Payload: 170 Short Ton of cargo, 2 M1A1 Tanks or 350 Combat Troops

machinery

•  Main Engine: Two (2) CAT C18 Diesel engines providing 600bhp each @1800rpm

•  Generators: Two (2) CAT C4.4 each providing 99ekW, 60hZ @1800rpm

•  Propulsors: Propellers

electronics

•  One (1) VHF radio
•  One (1) Radar
•  One (1) Fluxgate compass
•  One (1) Fathometer
•  One (1) Gyrocompass

client specific

•  Main Engine package
•  Generator package
•  Electronic package
•  General arrangement and color scheme

other specs

•  Fuel Capacity:  3,500 gallons (13,248.9 liters)

•  Portable Water: 1,000 gallons (3785.4 liters)

•  Payload: 170 Short Ton of cargo, 2 M1A1 Tanks or 350 Combat Troops

 

machinery

•  Main Engine: Two (2) CAT C18 Diesel engines providing 600bhp each @1800rpm

•  Generators: Two (2) CAT C4.4 each providing 99ekW, 60hZ @1800rpm

•  Propulsors: Propellers

electronics

•  One (1) VHF radio
•  One (1) Radar
•  One (1) Fluxgate compass
•  One (1) Fathometer
•  One (1) Gyrocompass

client specific

•  Main Engine package
•  Generator package
•  Electronic package
•  General arrangement and color scheme

programs

Swiftships has been working with the US Navy (NAVSEA) since 2018. Firstly, we were contracted to design and build advanced LCU-1610 class landing crafts. Our dedicated and experienced engineering teams presented LCU-1700, a class with extended functions and improved vessels characteristics.

Swiftships’ LCU -1700 features improved propulsion systems and cargo capacity, lower cost maintenance, less crew required to operate, and smaller but more powerful engines to reduce fuel cost. Additionally we leveraged many similarities of these two classes of ships to improve efficiency and reduce cost of the training programs, operations and overall ownership cost. 

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Currently, we are working on construction of 32 LCU-1700 vessels for the Navy and the Service Life Extension of multiple LCU-2000 Platforms for the Army. In addition, the US Navy awarded Swiftships a contract modification to design and build up to 7 additional in 2020 (read more). We continue working on enhancing LCU with autonomous solutions and to further increase our support to the US defense missions. 

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