The Australia-based shipbuilding company has been hired on two U.S. Navy projects, including a $ 58.7 million change to the Littoral Combat Ship program.

The Australia-based shipbuilding company has been hired on two U.S. Navy projects, including a $ 58.7 million change to the Littoral Combat Ship program.

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded Austal USA two orders from the US Navy to support the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) programs.

The LCS deal is a modification of a previously awarded contract that is expected to bring Austal an additional total value of approximately $ 44.3 million ($ 58.7 million).

The LCS modification includes options for the provision of construction services for all LCS ships of the Independence class and the provision of the US Navy’s integrated data product model environment (IDPME).

The design services can include program management, equipment services, change processing, software maintenance, engineering, and life cycle efforts, while the IDPME duties would include maintaining a system that supports Navy access to the company’s LCS data management.

Meanwhile, Austal’s LAW contract includes the supply of concept studies and preliminary design services for a class of 28-30 new amphibious vessels in support of the Marine Corps.

The services relate in particular to the implementation of Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) – a new operational concept of the Marine Corps.

The US Navy aims to procure the first LAW in fiscal year 2023.

The 60 to 120 meter long amphibious ships are designed to provide the U.S. naval forces with maneuverability and sustain ability for coastal and amphibious operations.

The ships are built to take at least 75 US Marines with a cargo area of ​​around 370 to 740 square meters on board to carry weapons, equipment and supplies to the beach or the barren ports.

Austal USA is one of five firms contacted by the US Navy to develop LAW concept designs, with a single shipyard expected to be selected for a detailed design and construction contract by the end of the third quarter of calendar year 2022.

“Austal USA is well positioned to pursue this light amphibious warship opportunity with a proven ability to offer multiple naval shipbuilding programs and new steelmaking facilities currently under construction,” said Paddy Gregg, CEO of Austal.

“The Austal USA team will continue to develop their concept designs and ultimately provide a high-performance and cost-effective LAW solution for the US Navy.”

These recent announcements come just weeks after Austal USA signed a $ 44 million contract for the design, procurement, production implementation, and autonomous demonstration of the future U.S. Navy’s Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) 13 (EPF) 13, USNS Apalachicola.

Austal USA is currently developing 15 EPF ships for the US Navy and has been delivering 12 ships since December 2012.

Austal USA also recently received a $ 3.6 million ($ 4.7 million) functional design contract to develop the new Navajo-class tug, salvage and rescue vessel (T-ATS) for the US -Marine.

The company will prepare a functional design for the T-ATS – an 80 meter long steel monohull ship with multi-mission capabilities, built to carry a variety of towing, salvage, search and rescue operations, oil spills, humanitarian aid and monitoring support activities.

In addition to its US operations, the Australia-based shipbuilding company recently confirmed that it will table a proposal for the Commonwealth government’s LAND 8710 (Phase 1) program.

The $ 800 million project aims to develop a new amphibious vehicle (AV) that incorporates the Lighter, Amphibious Supply Vehicle, Freight 5-Ton Vehicle (LARC-V), and Independent Landing Craft (ILC) of the Army replaced to replace the current Mechanized Landing Craft (LCM.) -8) vessels.

The shipbuilding company has offered to design, build and maintain the locally developed fleet, which will be used to transport land forces at increased speed and protection.

The new vehicles and ships are to be introduced from 2026.

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Austal wins new contracts from the US Navy

Last updated: June 24, 2021 Published: June 23, 2021