The U.S. Navy is hoping to procure 52 littoral combat ships under a $37 billion program, DoD Buzz reported Thursday.
Kris Osborn writes the LCS program covers the purchase of vessels built with technology packages for surface warfare, anti-submarine and mine-countermeasure operations.
“We have a valid requirement for 52 ships and the program is performing strongly in terms of cost,” said Sean Stackley, Navy acquisition chief.
Stackley told reporters at a symposium in Virginia the service is performing operational testing on time, according to the report.
Osborn writes the LCS fleet comprises of the Freedom and Independence ships that are developed by Lockheed Martin and an Austal USA-led team, respectively, and each company will build up to 10 ships.