The Department of Navy today awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., Maritime Systems & Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., a $188.2 million contract option for detail design and construction of the first Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
LCS is an innovative combatant designed to counter challenging shallow-water threats in coastal regions, specifically mines, diesel submarines and fast surface craft. A fast, agile, and networked surface combatant, LCS will utilize focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute a variety of missions.
Today we take the next step toward delivering this needed capability to the fleet, said Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition John J. Young Jr. Just two years after we awarded the first contracts, were signing a contract to build the first LCS. This was made possible by great support from Congress and industry, which both teamed with the Navy so we can provide the fleet with greater capability and flexibility to meet mission requirements.
This detail design and construction contract option award is a critical step in getting the first LCS in the water in 2006. Lockheed Martins teammates include Gibbs & Cox, Arlington, Va.; Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wis.; and Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. Marinette Marine will begin construction early next year after a production readiness review with the Navy.
LCS takes the operational Navy into a higher tactical speed regime, and is a net-centric focal point, said Rear Adm. Charlie Hamilton, program executive officer for ships.
It also will fundamentally alter the ship/mission system integration paradigm, through extensive use of modularity. The acquisition of LCS sets a new standard for rapid procurement in support of the warfighter. Echoing Hamiltons comments, Young noted that, the LCS program has demonstrated fundamental, positive changes to reform and accelerate the acquisition process.
On May 27, 2004, the Department of Defense awarded both Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, separate contract options for final system design with options for detail design and construction of up to two Flight 0 LCS.
The Navy plans to build a total of four Flight 0 LCS.
For more information on the LCS, visit http://peoships.crane.navy.mil/lcs/ .