Austal USA Awarded $43 Million LCS Contract Modification

Austal USA has been awarded a modification to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract by the U.S. Department of Defense, Austal Limited announced.

The modification provides Austal with a total potential additional value of US$43.362 million (approx. A$62.7 million). Work is expected to be complete by June 2021.

The contract modification exercises options for LCS Class design services, material to support LCS Class design services and the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Data Product Model Environment (IDPME).

Austal will provide LCS Class design services to all LCS ships and services may include program management, fitting out services, change processing, software maintenance, engineering and lifecycle efforts. The company will also maintain an IDPME that shall enable Navy access to enterprise LCS data management.

U.S. Navy Independence variant littoral combat ships, USS Independence (LCS 2), USS Manchester (LCS 14) and USS Tulsa (LCS 16)
The U.S. Navy Independence variant littoral combat ships USS Tulsa (LCS 16), USS Manchester (LCS 14), and USS Independence (LCS 2), sail in formation in the eastern Pacific. (USN photo)

U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant of the U.S. Navy designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations.

As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations.

Each LCS will be outfitted with a mission package made up of reconfigurable mission modules containing warfighting systems and support equipment. A dedicated crew will combine with aviation assets to deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures (MCM), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) or surface warfare (ASuW) missions.

An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas.

The LCS-class consists of the Freedom-variant and Independence-variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom-variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered ships, e.g. LCS 1) while the Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and follow-on even-numbered ships).

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