Austal USA wins LCS services contract

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Global defence contractor Austal Limited has been awarded a US$13.97 million modification to a previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract by the US Department of Defence.

Austal's Mobile, Alabama shipyard with the new state-of-the-art Modular Manufacturing Facility Image: Austal
Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard with the new state-of-the-art Modular Manufacturing Facility
Image: Austal

It is the second modification to the $3.5 billion LCS contract following the US$14.656 million modification which Austal announced at the beginning of March.

The latest contract modification will see Austal provide engineering and design services to reduce acquisition and lifecycle costs for the Independence variant LCS.

“The contract modifications exercise options for special studies, analyses and review efforts for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program,” the company said in a statement to the ASX.

Austal has 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).

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The company said that seven LCS and three EPF are currently under construction at its Mobile ship manufacturing facility in Alabama, USA.