July 16, 2005
$109.8 million LHA(R) contract for Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS), Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a $109,865,504 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Advanced Planning, Long Lead Time Material, Systems Engineering, and Special Studies for the LHA(R) Flight 0 Amphibious Assault Ship. The LHA(R) will replace the LHA 1 Class Amphibious Assault Ship and will provide forward presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, inter-agency and multi-national maritime expeditionary forces. It will launch tilt-rotors, helicopters, and fixed wing, short take-off vertical landing aircraft in support of amphibious operations. The LHA(R) Flight 0 Ship will be a variant of the LHD 8 Amphibious Assault Ship currently being built by NGSS and will have enhanced aviation capabilities. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Miss., and is expected to be completed by December 2006. The contract was awarded on a sole-source basis. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-05-C-2221).