Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.96 Billion for Four Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships for Saudi Arabia

Lockheed Martin Corp. is awarded a contract modification, worth around $1.96 billion, for the detail design and construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships being procured by Saudi Arabia under the U.S.Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

The fixed-price-incentive firm target modification is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The awarded contract includes associated cost-plus-fixed-fee class design and related material and firm-fixed-price integrated data environment.

The MMSC is based on the Freedom-variant of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) operated by the U.S. Navy. The detailed design and construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships is part of the FMS agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin (50%); Washington, District of Columbia (17%); Baltimore, Maryland (9%); Moorestown, New Jersey (7%); Clearwater, Florida (2%); Beloit, Wisconsin (1%); Salt Lake City, Utah (1%); Pascagoula, Mississippi (1%); Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1%); Hampton, Virginia (1%); areas outside the U.S. (8%); and other areas in the U.S. (2%), and is expected to be completed by June 2026.

The FMS sale of the MMSC ships to Saudi Arabia was approved by the U.S. State Department in October 2015. The sale also included associated equipment, parts and logistical support with a total value estimated at $11.25 billion.

On Oct. 24, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) hosted a “Cut Steel” event marking the start of production for Saudi Arabia’s first Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ship at its facility in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC)

The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) is a highly maneuverable and armed multi-mission surface combatant vessel capable of littoral and open ocean operation.

The MMSC takes the proven capabilities of the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the inherent flexibility of the Freedom-variant hull to meet the unique maritime requirements of international navies.

The vessels will have a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can reach speeds in excess of 30 knots. It will be based on the Freedom-variant LCS’s 118-meter hull and it will utilize the same combined diesel and gas (CODAG) propulsion system.

The MMSC utilizes the COMBATSS-21 Combat Management System, built from the Aegis Combat System Software library. The MMSC integrated combat system solution leverages the domestic LCS integration of the 57mm Mk110 deck gun and SeaRAM missile system, and expands multi-mission capability through integration of Over-The-Horizon surface-to-surface missiles, port, and starboard 20 mm remote guns, a new fire control radar and a forward centerline 8 cell MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) equipped with RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM). The MMSC is also equipped with the AN/SLQ-25 Torpedo Defense system.

Paired with one of the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter, the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, the MMSC will have robust anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability that is fully interoperable with the U.S. Navy and its coalition partners.

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