MARCH 19, 2013 — It's not much compared with the $1.378 billion the Navy awarded them earlier this month to build the four FY 2013 littoral combat ships, but Lockheed Martin and Austal have just scooped up another few million apiece in modifications to previously awarded LCS contracts. Lockheed Martin (the prime contractor for the ships built by Fincantieri Marine Group's Marinette Marine) is getting a $32,820,176 mod and Austal USA is getting one worth $19,987,274.
In both cases, the modifications exercise options for class service efforts and special studies, analyses and reviews for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program that will see the two prime contractors "assess engineering and production challenges and evaluate the cost and schedule risks from affordability efforts to reduce LCS acquisition and lifecycle costs." In other words, apparently, "can we afford to make the LCS more affordable?"
Work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2014.
Marine Log News
- 2012-10-19 - Austal USA holds LCS 6 keel-laying ceremony
- 2012-10-23 - Lockheed Martin offers LCS-derived Multi-Mission Combatant
- 2012-11-08 - Lockheed Martin lays keel for LCS 7
- 2012-12-27 - BIW awarded $13.5 million for LCS-2 and LCS-4 services
- 2013-01-25 - Austal partners with Sembawang on LCS, JHSV support
- 2013-02-06 - LCS-5 will be first with new high power density waterjets
- 2013-02-11 - BIW awarded $6.8 million LCS-2 contract
- 2013-03-05 - $12.3 million more for LCS 4
- 2013-03-05 - Navy awards funding for FY 2013 littoral combat ships
- 2013-04-16 - BIW gets $12.6 million LCS design services award
- 2013-05-13 - Austal strengthens Asia-Pacific ship support network
- 2013-05-21 - Seaward Services provides bridge officers for JHSV trials
- 2013-06-06 - Austal launches JHSV 3