The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.
Cut content The subject of this article, LCAC, has been cut from the final version of Battlefield 2.
The LCAC was a cut vehicle for Battlefield 2. It most likely would have been used by the USMC on maps where the USS Essex (LHD-2) appeared, as a way to transport land vehicles from the Essex to the shoreline. It probably would have functioned like a larger version of the LCVP and Daihatsu of Battlefield 1942.
Despite its absence, there are some remnants of the LCAC which can be found in the game files. Specifically, there are two sound clips called LCAC_explosion_01 and,LCAC_explosion_02 and two localization strings -- one for the vehicle kill message, and the other a help message indicating the button which would have been used to lower the ramp.
A render of the LCAC from Battlefield 2, before it was cut.
The LCAC Hovercraft make an appearance after the first set of bases on Kharg Island in Rush and Conquest, and function as the spawn points for USMC ground vehicles: the M1 Abrams, HMMWVs, and Growler ITVs. They are spotted to the right of the carrier before the first base is neutralized, and cannot be driven by the player.