The Titan Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a $59.9 million contract by the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop and build the Navy’s ‘X-Craft.’
The X-Craft will be a high-speed aluminium catamaran consisting of an advanced hull geometry designed to give the craft speeds of 50 knots or more.
Initially it will be used by ONR for purposes of hydrodynamic experimentation to include the addition of advanced lifting bodies and polymer drag reduction techniques.
The X-Craft’s deck will have two helicopter landing spots capable of handling a variety of aircraft up to the size of the H-60 helicopter series.
A Combined Gas Turbine or Diesel (CODOG) propulsion plant will propel the X-Craft and the vessel’s Mission Module Bay will be capable of fully supporting multiple mission packages simultaneously.
Titan also announced today that it is awarding to Nichols Bros Boat Builders, Freeland, Washington, a subcontract to provide hull, mechanical and electrical ship systems for the X-Craft.