28 January 2006
Sneaking Troops Onto Shore
There are a variety of proposals to sneak U.S. soldiers onto a hostile shore. Some, such as a mini-sub designed for the purpose are out of control in the cost department (the first one will cost about $446 million). A prototype 60 ton Stiletto landing craft appears to be on track to doing a comparable job at a lower price, about $12 million for the first unit. It is a glorified catamaran, designed to operate in shallow waters, with little wake, even in rough seas, and eject a small boat to get a dozen troops ashore or to provide a base for a couple of small reconnaissance drones.