A Chronology and Development Status of the Amphibious Assault Landing Craft JEFF(A) 750718
The Amphibious Assault Landing Craft (AALC), currently being developed by the United States Navy for Marine Corp use, is a high performance air cushion vehicle (ACV) specifically designed to the requirements of a unique advanced landing craft system. Initially conceived in the mid-1960's, one of two preliminary design contracts was awarded to the Aerojet-General Corporation in January, 1970, followed in March of 1971 by a contract for the design, construction and test of a developmental prototype designated the JEFF(A).
This paper presents a discussion of major program events leading to the present state of construction of the JEFF(A), followed by a design description of the craft and major subsystems, including unique design criteria. Additionally, the present state of construction including illustrations of major subsystems is given. Finally, a discussion is presented of the events planned from the present time through completion of Navy trials.