A rendering of LPD-30, the first of the LPD-17 Flight II.
The U.S. Navy awards shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls a $165.5 million contract to obtain long lead-time materials for the LPD-17 Flight II, as outlined by a binding agreement dated Aug. 2 and released Friday.
The amphibious transport dock, designated LPD-30, could be the first of the 13-ship LPD-17 Flight II class that may replace the existing dock landing ships. The program, that has been until April referred to as LX(R), is expected to get built exclusively at HII’s yard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
“This is often a significant milestone once we embark toward a whole new flight of LPDs,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said inside a statement. “The Flight II LPDs will likely be highly capable ships meeting what’s needed and requires of our Navy-Marine Corps team. We look toward delivering this number of affordable LPDs to your nation’s fleet of amphibious ships.”
The Navy is anticipating awarding reveal construction and designs contract either late in 2018 or early 2019. The Navy’s cost goal for the program is $1.64 billion for your first ship and $1.4 billion for each subsequent ship, based on the Congressional Research Service.
LPD-30 will probably come equipped with Raytheon’s Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, an upgrade on the AN/SPS-48 currently about the LPD-17 class.
Ingalls has additionally moved out on fabrication for that future Richard M. McCool, named for a World War II-era Medal of Honor recipient, meaning it has cut the 1st 100 a lot of steel, which will probably be the last from the Flight I LPD-17, in accordance with a July 30 announcement from Naval Sea Systems Command.
“We are excited to commence fabrication around the 13th and final ship of the LPD 17 Flight I class,” said Capt. Brian Metcalf, LPD 17 program manager, in a very statement. “We continue to benefit from the maturity with this program, and look toward achieving future production milestones even as work to deliver this versatile and capable warship to the fleet.”