Austal Wins USD 584.2 million US Navy Contract
Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported.
The contract includes associated LCS class services and related material and integrated data environment support, as well as options for the construction of additional LCS, class services and post-delivery availability support, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Australian Associated Press added quoting Asutal that the 127-metre LCS28 will be built at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, employing techniques that would be applied if it wins the Australian government's $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel contract.
"While I am obviously happy for Austal, I am also delighted in the vote of confidence this delivers for Australian shipbuilding and design," Austal chief executive David Singleton said.
Austal has now taken $8 billion in orders for the Independence Class LCS program, with the US Navy expected to order two more of the frigate-sized ships in the current US financial year.