Global Defence contractor Austal Limited has been awarded US$14.656 million modifications to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCD) contract by the US Department of Defence.
“Under the contract, Austal USA will perform planning and implementation of deferred design changes that have been identified during the construction period,” the company said in a statement.
“The corrections and upgrades are necessary to support sail-away and follow-on post-delivery test and trials period.”
According to Austal, the cost-plus contract modifications exercise options for post-delivery support of Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Gifford (LCS 10) and Littoral Combat Ship USS Omaha (LCS 12). Work will be performed at Austal’s shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
The company has in place a US$3.5 billion block-buy contract from the US Navy to build 10 Littoral Combat Ships and a separate US$1.6 billion block-buy contract from the US Navy to build 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF).
Austal said that seven LCS and three EPF are currently under construction in its Mobile ship manufacturing facility in Alabama.