Lockheed Martin is awarded a contract modification for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships (MMSC) ordered by Saudi Arabia.
The $282 million not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action modification was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
The contract work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin (55 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (23 percent); Herndon, Virginia (11 percent); Moorestown, New Jersey (6 percent); Manassas, Virginia (1 percent); San Diego, California (1 percent); and various places below one percent (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2025.
The Foreign Military Sale (FMS) 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.
In July this year, an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) totaling $450 million was awarded to Lockheed Martin by the U.S. government or the production of the vessels, which will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC)
The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) is a lethal and highly maneuverable multi-mission surface combatant capable of littoral and open ocean operation. It was designed from the keel up to confront modern maritime and economic security threats.
The MMSC takes the proven capabilities of the U.S. Littoral Combat Ship and the inherent flexibility of the Freedom-variant hull to meet the unique maritime requirements of international navies.
The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can reach speeds in excess of 30 knots. It will be based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship’s 118 meter hull and it will utilize the same combined diesel and gas 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, 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 equipped with RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles. The MMSC is also equipped with the AN/SLQ-25 Torpedo Defense system.
Paired with world’s most advanced maritime helicopter, the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk, the MMSC will have a robust anti-submarine mission capability that is fully interoperable with the U.S. Navy and its coalition partners.