The US$16 million order will provide Independence Class LCS 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.
Austal CEO, David Singleton said, "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."
Work outlined in this deal will be conducted by Austal USA across the Mobile, Alabama and Pittsfield, Massachusetts facilities for completion by June 2019.
Austal's Independence Class LCS is a 127-metre, 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 under construction. A further two vessels, LCS-28 and LCS-30 (USS Canberra), are in the pre-construction phase.