New Orleans-based Textron Marine & Land Systems has won a $213 million contract to build air-cushion boats for the U.S. Navy’s Ship-to-Shore Connector program.

The new boats will replace the Landing Craft, Air Cushion vessels that the Navy and Marine Corps have used to land at shorelines worldwide.

Under the contract, Textron Marine will design and build an initial boat by February 2017. The contract includes options for up to eight more boats by 2020, with a total value of $570 million.

The Ship-to-Shore Connector will allow U.S. military forces to land at shorelines regardless of tides, water depth, underwater obstacles, or the slope of the beach.

Textron Marine is a subsidiary of Textron Inc.