The name LCAC is the acronym for “Landing Craft Air Cushion”, which is a type of hovercraft used by U.S. Marine Corps and the Japanese Navy. Its main task is to transport soldiers and equipment from landing ships to beaches in amphibious operations from distances up to 50 km. The project began in the early 70s, although deliveries to the US Navy did not begin until 1987. Until 2001, 91 units had been delivered to the Marines, and 6 more were delivered to the Japanese Navy. Currently remains 72 modernized LCACs in service with US Navy, 8 of which have been transformed for counter-mining tasks in the mid-90s. This type of vehicle has not been widely used in other Navies due to its complexity and difficult maintenance, making them very expensive to use, although they are really effective for the task they were created.

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Country of origin

United States


Textron – Avondale


Landing Craft Air Cushion vehicle, Hovercraft

Entered service




Displacement, (full load)

184 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

26.80 x 14.30 x 0.90 meters

Power plant

4 x Avco Lycoming TF.40B gas turbines

Power, (total)

16,000 hp


Empty; max. 70 knots (130 km/h) – At full load; max. 40 knots (74 km/h)


200 n. miles (370 km) at 40 knots or 300 n. miles (555 km) at 35 knots

Load capacity

75 tonnes, (180 troops or 1 MBT)


2 x 12.7 or 7.62mm MG or 2 x 40mm grenade launchers


Total 97: US Navy: 91 – Japanese Navy: 6