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US build ships for Saudi Arabia

The press service of the corporation Lockheed Martin announced that the US Department of Defense handed the company a contract to build four MMSC-type ships for Saudi Arabia.

The sum of the first tranche under the contract was $ 481 million. These funds will be used to purchase the materials and components necessary to start the construction of ships. Transfer to the customer the last ship in Lockheed Martin is calculated to 2024 year, the total amount of the transaction is estimated at more than $ 11 billion.

US build ships for Saudi Arabia

Computer model of the MMSC project ship

Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) type ships were developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation based on Freedom type LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) coastal warships that are purchased by the US Navy. The project for Saudi Arabia is an enlarged and pre-armed version of LCS Freedom, while the contractor and the customer do not yet classify the MMSC for any class.

The length of each of the MMSC type ships will be 118 m. Ships will receive 57- and 20-mm gun mounts, as well as a wide range of missile weapons. The MMSC project is equipped with a platform and a hangar for the MH-60 helicopter. All ships ordered by Saudi Arabia will be supplied with a full set of weapons, spare parts, as well as the combat control system COMBATSS-21 (created on the basis of Aegis), reports "Warspot"
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  1. Chertt
    Chertt 7 March 2018 14: 21
    the total transaction amount is estimated at more than $ 11 billion.

    For four ships 11 yards? Arly Burke costs a little over a billion, and then for one ship of the coastal zone, almost three yards? Trump of course a bargain from God, take off my hat
    1. Berber
      Berber 7 March 2018 14: 28
      He normally does business as president. Wait a year and American media will do “ku" to him.
      1. Russia
        Russia 7 March 2018 14: 32
        Indeed, it is rapidly entering the role, and then it will begin to improvise, everything will depend on the duration of the applause.
    2. vadim dok
      vadim dok 7 March 2018 14: 54
      This amount includes armament (probably not one ammunition per ship) helicopter, Aegis system, spare parts, etc. Yes, and the helicopter is thoroughly equipped!
  2. Dezinto
    Dezinto 7 March 2018 14: 22
    For the most democratic democracy in the Middle East, to build ships, the United States will certainly do this! it is necessary....

    "it’s good that she picked up a piece of paper, otherwise someone could recognize her"
    1. andrewkor
      andrewkor 7 March 2018 14: 51
      That’s where the Middle Ages are, just horror! Also, the guide should be from relatives, without this, not a single step!
  3. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 7 March 2018 16: 01
    Saudi sailors ...? Do not tell my dummies ... the United States and Israel simply spin them on the "grandmother".!
  4. san4es
    san4es 7 March 2018 21: 02
    Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) type ships were developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation on the basis of LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) coastal warships.

    It looks like they added 2 x 4 RCC "Harpoon"
    ... Instead of an air defense system (from the stern) recourse

    Early LCS Lockheed Martin project
    Aug 2016 year