Austal wins multimillion dollar US Department of Defence contract

Independence (LCS-2) at Austal USA facility in Mobile, AL Picture courtesy of Austal

Austal USA, the American branch of operations for Australian shipbuilder Austal, has secured a contract, worth over US$16 million (AU$21.8 million) by the United States Department of Defence for a cost-plus-fixed fee to a previously awarded contract.

According to an announcement by Austal, the order provides for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class design service, including integrated data and product model environment (IDPME) support.

Austal will provide class design products including technical analyses, engineering, configuration management, software maintenance and development, production assessment, diminishing manufacturing sources and sea-frame reliability analysis.

The work will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and Pittsfield, Massachusetts facilities for completion by June 2019.

“The LCS has a significant economic footprint in the United States, supporting tens of thousands of jobs through the contributions of more than 900 local suppliers in 41 states involved in the program,” Austal CEO, David Singleton said.

“Austal is very proud of the LCS Program and we are focused on providing the most cost-effective and capable small surface combatants in the world for the US Navy” he said.

The Littoral Combat Ship is a 127m, Frigate sized vessel built at Austal’s facility in Mobile, Alabama. The program is operating at a full rate of production with two vessels already delivered in 2018 and a further six ships currently under construction. A further two, LCS28 and LCS30 (USS Canberra) are in the pre-construction phase.