Lockheed Martin has received $450m contract for the production of multi-mission surface combatants (MMSC) for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The contract entails the detailed design and planning for construction of four MMSCs that will be built at Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
Under this deal, Saudi Arabia will acquire four of these combat ships as part of a larger agreement between the two countries to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the two regions.
MMSC units are equipped with the COMBATSS-21 combat management system, which was built from the Aegis Combat System Common Source Library and enables anti-air and anti-surface capabilities within a small surface combatant platform.
On the contract win, Joe DePietro, VP, Lockheed Martin Small Combatants and Ship Systems, said: “We are pleased that kingdom has selected the MMSCs to support its Royal Saudi Naval Forces fleet. It provides the Royal Saudi Naval Forces a lethal and highly maneuverable multi-mission surface combatant, which features the flexibility of the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship steel mono-hull with expanded capabilities.”
“These include an integrated Mk41 Vertical Launch System, an increased range of 5,000 nautical miles and speeds in excess of 30 knots, making it capable of littoral and open ocean operation, and able to confront modern maritime and economic security threats,” explained DePietro.
The Lockheed Martin-led team also comprises shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine and naval architecture firm Gibbs & Cox, along with more than 800 suppliers across 42 US states.
Lockheed Martin previously secured a $481m award for the delivery of long-lead material for the MMSCs in March.