Lockheed Martin Wins Support Contract for Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship

Lockheed Martin Corp. is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering support services for the Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

The contract includes program planning and control, resource management, cost and schedule control, status meetings, documentation preparation and transmittal and reporting.

The contract, worth around $8 million, will be awarded by Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division located in Port Hueneme, California. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $473K will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (50 percent); San Diego, California (25 percent); and Jacksonville, Florida (25 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2019.

The Freedom variant LCS is 389 feet in length, has a beam of 57.5 feet, and a navigational draft of 13.5 feet. The ship uses two gas turbine engines, two propulsion diesels, and four waterjets to speeds up to 45-plus knots.

The Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date. There are eight ships in various stages of construction at FMM shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, with one more in long-lead production.

The Freedom-variant LCS team is comprised of Lockheed Martin, shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 800 suppliers in 42 states.

Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant 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 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, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) or surface warfare (ASuW) missions.

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). The Independence-variant team is led by Austal USA (for LCS 6 and follow-on even-numbered ships).

Twenty-nine LCS ships have been awarded to date: 11 have been delivered to the Navy, 15 are in various stages of construction and three are in pre-production states.

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