Lockheed Martin, Fincantieri Marinette Marine Will Build LCS 31

WASHINGTON, D.C., the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday (21 January 2019) the global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin announced that the company together with Fincantieri Marinette Marine were awarded a fixed-price-incentive-fee contract by the U.S. Navy to build the additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 31, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

The construction of the LCS 31 will start in the second half of this year in Marinette, Wisconsin, the USA at FMM. FMM is the Midwest’s only naval shipyard, where, at present, seven ships are at various stages of construction.

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As of the moment, LCS is the 16th Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, which has been ordered by the U.S. Navy. Seven ships have been delivered to the U.S. Navy to date.

Joe DePietro, Small Combatants and Ship Systems VP and GM at Lockheed Martin, commented, “We are excited to continue our partnership with the Navy and FMM to build and deliver capable ships to the fleet. With the Freedom-variant in serial production, we continue to enhance efficiency and incorporate capability while maintaining ship and program affordability.”

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Since the start of the Littoral Combat Ship program, the production of Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to local economies throughout the Midwest. The program contributes to the maintenance of thousands of direct and indirect jobs all over the United States and more than 7,500 are located in Wisconsin and Michigan.

The Freedom-variant LCS features new technology and capability to support current and future missions conducted from deep water to the littorals. It is developed to integrate modular weapons, including unmanned and manned vehicles so that to deliver the important war-fighting capability to the fleet in mine counter measures, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. The vessel capabilities are continuously evolved on the grounds of rigorous Navy operational testing, sailor feedback and multiple successful fleet deployments.

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Source: Lockheed Martin