Thanks to Storm Shadow for the idea!
Why is everyone so in love with the L-CAT? What does it do that the LCAC can't (with the exception of my note below)? Have we even tested the effects of Marines doing a landing from 100 miles off shore? Will they be carried in the LCAC's crew compartment or inside the armored vehicles? Will they be fit to fight after such a long ride (same applies to these ultra long raids with MV-22's...you have to have degraded combat capability after such a long flight)?
So you tell me. Why do you guys lust after the L-CAT?
Note: One thing I learned from the video is that the L-CAT has exceptional long range (800 miles...pretty damn good for a landing craft mechanized), has self defense capability (assuming its installed, and up to 25mm cannons) and a shocker for me...apparently they've tested launches at sea (if it can do it instream is beyond me).