6 companies win Navy awards for pursuing LUSV studies

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Nick Blenkey

Image from CRS report shows where large unmanned surface ships fit in the scale of things

As we reported earlier, the just released Chief of Naval Operations Sailing Plan 2022 considers the US Navy’s 2040s fleet to include “a host of manned, unmanned platforms and possibly inhabited operating under, on and above the seas”. The Navy is investing a lot of money in researching components for this host’s Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV). On Friday, it awarded six companies contracts for “continuing studies of a large unmanned surface vessel”.

Here’s who got what:

  • Industries Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, has secured a firm price amendment of $13,071,106 to a previously awarded contract for the continuation of studies of a LUSV. The contract modification includes options which, if exercised, would increase its cumulative value to $15,071,106. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by September 2024. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2024.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation., Baltimore, Maryland, has secured a firm price amendment of $11,320,904 for a previously awarded contract for the continuation of studies of an LUSV that includes options that, if exercised, would bring its cumulative value to $15,070. $904. Work is expected to be completed by September 2024. If all options are exercised, work will continue until September 2024.
  • Marinette Marine Corp.Marinette, Wis., has been awarded a firm fixed price amendment of $10,212,620 for a previously awarded contract for the continuation of studies of an LUSV. Work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin, and is expected to be completed by September 2024.
  • Bollinger Shipyard Lock LLC, Lockport, Louisiana, has been awarded a firm price modification of $9,428,770 for a previously awarded contract for the continuation of studies of an LUSV that includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this modification contract at $13,958,770. Work will be performed in Lockport, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by September 2024. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2024.
  • Austal United States LLC, Mobile, Alabama, has obtained a firm price modification of $9,115,310 for a previously awarded contract for the continuation of studies of an LUSV. It includes options which, if exercised, would bring its cumulative value to $13,285,309. Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama and is expected to be completed by September 2024. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2024. ington, DC is the subcontract business.
  • Gibbs & Cox Inc., Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded an $8,981,231 amendment to a previously awarded contract to continue studies of a large unmanned surface vessel. It includes options which, if exercised, would bring its cumulative value to $15,071,231. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by September 2024. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2024.

Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity for all of these awards.

WHAT IS A LUSV, ANYWAY?

So what is the Navy’s idea of ​​a large unmanned surface ship? According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report updated on July 26:

“The Navy envisions LUSVs to be 200 feet to 300 feet in length and have full load displacements of 1,000 tons to 2,000 tons, which would make them the size of a corvette. (i.e. say a ship bigger than a patrol boat and smaller than a frigate).The Navy wants LUSVs to be low-cost, high-endurance, reconfigurable ships with enough capacity to carry a variety of modular payloads, in particular anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and strike payloads i.e. mainly anti-ship and land attack missiles Each LUSV could be equipped with a Vertical Launch System (VLS) with 16 to 32 missile tubes.Although referred to as UVs, LUSVs could be more accurately described as optional or lightly crewed ships, as they may sometimes have a few crew on board, especially at short notice when the Navy is developing enabling technologies es and operational concepts LUSV. As part of the Navy’s Five-Year FY2023 (FY2023-FY2027) Shipbuilding Plan, procurement of LUSVs through the Navy’s Shipbuilding Account is scheduled to begin during FY2025.

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