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Saudis Save Wisconsin Shipbuilder: Fills Gap Between LCS & Frigates At Marinette

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  1. The SC

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    The Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Wisconsin, with three Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships in view.


    WASHINGTON: Four years after Lockheed Martin inked a $11.2 billion deal to sell Saudi Arabia an upgunned variant of its Littoral Combat Ship, the company is starting work on the first vessel later this year, a company official confirmed Wednesday.

    The work on four Multi-Mission Surface Combatants will take place at Fincantieri-owned Marinette Marine in Wisconsin, The timing’s perfect because Marinette yard is just starting work on the last LCS funded by Congress, whose final contract was awarded just this week. Company officials hope the Saudi work is the bridge to keep the yard humming until it wins the Navy’s hotly contested frigate program — for which Lockheed and Marinette are offering, in essence, a souped-up LCS similar to the Saudi variant.

    The Saudi ship deal was included in President Trump‘s boast that he closed on $110 billion worth of weapons sales to the kingdom in the early days of his presidency. The vast majority of those potential contracts were signed during the Obama administration, and most have not yet materialized.

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    Lockheed Martin’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant, slated to be sold to Saudi Arabia.
    “We currently working through the design integration,” Lockheed Martin’s Joe DiPietro, vice president of small combatants, told me. The first ship is targeted to move to start production towards the end of 2019. The ships are being designed to be interoperable with both the US Navy and Saudi Arabia’s French-built legacy fleet, along with plenty of offensive punch.

    The ships will feature an eight-cell Mk-41 Vertical Launch System. The original LCS doesn’t have this powerful multi-purpose weapon, standard on US cruisers and destroyers, but after much debate the Navy made VLS mandatory for the frigate. Figuring out how to install the bulky tubes was a major challenge for both Marinette and rival LCS builder Austal — which makes a trimaran variant nicknamed the Klingon Bird of Prey — as they positioned themselves for the frigate competition.

    Saudi Arabia has also purchased over 500 Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs) to fit into the VLS tubes. The ESSM is a relatively short-ranged defensive weapon meant to shoot down incoming aircraft and enemy ship-killing missiles, but the plug-and-play design of the VLS means it can accommodate longer-ranged Standard Missiles for missile defense and a wide range of offensive weapons as well, from the traditional Tomahawk to Lockheed’s new Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM).

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    Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin.

    Stayin’ Alive

    The Saudi work keeps the Wisconsin shipyard busy just as the company’s Littoral Combat Ship work was running dry with the truncation of the always controversial LCS program.
    In 2017 through 2019, the Marinette yard was awarded one LCS per year, In 2018, the company laid two keels, launched two ships, delivered two ships and completed three acceptance trials. “Now,” DiPietro told me, “we’re on a path where last year we delivered two ships, we trialed two ships, we started construction on two more — and now when you’re seeing where it looks like the curve is starting to dip, MMSC starts production.”

    The Saudi contract calls for one ship in 2019, two in 2020, and one in 2021, DiPietro said: “It’s a great gap filler as we wait to see what plays out with FFG(X),” the Navy’s new frigate. That program is slated to begin production around 2022 or ‘23.

    The future frigate is meant to pick up where the curtailed LCS program is leaving off. While the LCS was invented in an era of US naval dominance and optimized for lower-threat missions, the US and its NATO allies are now urgently refocusing on major war — especially as they rush to rebuild the submarine-hunting skills they allowed to atrophy after the Cold War. Russian activity in the North Atlantic and burgeoning Chinese capabilities in the Pacific are leading the Navy to look to build a new class of frigates with towed arrays and other technologies that can track stealthy subs, as well as VLS to shoot down incoming missiles and attack enemy ships.

    The concept design phase for the FFG(X) is slated to go through June, with an award late this year.

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    Rep. Joe Courtney aboard the aircraft carrier USS Truman.

    But the newly-minted chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee, Rep. Joe Courtney, expressed frustration with the program on Wednesday.
    Speaking at the 2019 Surface Navy Association Symposium, Courtney said that work needs to happen faster, so whoever wins the award can get their shipyard up and running, with no gaps between programs. “I understand the importance to these yards to try to maintain the industrial base, but we really need to get moving in terms of the frigate program,” Courtney said. “If there’s going to be another request for a delay, it is going to be frankly a bit of a headache for us this year.”

    The Navy plans to make an award in the program in 2019, and several competitors have put forward mature designs. Besides Marinette and Austal upgrading their respective variants of LCS, General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works is partnering with Navantia to offer Spain’s Álvaro de Bazán-class F100 frigate; Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri the Italo-French FREMM Multimission Frigate; and Huntington Ingalls Industries has released artists’ renderings of what it might compete, such as a militarized variant of its Coast Guard National Security Cutter. Each company was awarded $15 million contracts to provide the Navy with designs. The Navy plans to buy 20 frigates starting in 2020.


    https://breakingdefense.com/2019/01...-fills-gap-between-lcs-frigates-at-marinette/
     
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    OSI Selected by Lockheed Martin to deliver IBNS for the Royal Saudi Navy’s MMSC Program

    May 2018 Naval News
    Posted On Wednesday, 02 May 2018 10:29
    OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the first four ships of the Royal Saudi Navy’s (RSN) Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) program.

    [​IMG] Scale model of Royal Saudi Navy MMSC on Lockheed Martin stand during SNA 2018

    OSI will build and deliver a military grade system for the MMSC program based on the system designed for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

    The company was awarded the LCS-27 contract by Lockheed Martin in November 2017.

    “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support Lockheed Martin with this important project, and equally proud of the working relationship we have with this prime in other programs,” said Ken Kirkpatrick, President and CEO. “MMSC is our first RSN related project, and we look forward to future success in expanding our business in this large market.”

    As a company that is exclusively focused on the naval market, OSI’s IBNS is designed and built specifically for warships and meets stringent military specification demanded by both the USN and RSN.

    http://www.navyrecognition.com/inde...-for-the-royal-saudi-navy-s-mmsc-program.html

    * In 2017, Saudi Arabia purchased eight MT-30 gas engines from Rolls-Royce for installation on the 4 MMSC frigates
    The same engine works on the US destroyer Zumwalt and the modern British carrier Queen Elizabeth

    In addition, according to Cipri reports, the purchase of four Super Rapid 76mm Italian guns and 100 RIM-116A RAM rockets




    Review of Saudi Arabia's recent maritime deals:



    8 American MMSC frigate 4000 tons with 32 launch cells loaded with ESSM missiles (will be the strongest ship in the region)

    (5 ada-class Turkish team 3000-3800 tons ?)

    5 French corvette Gowind 2500-3500 tons

    5 Spanish corvette Avante 2200 corvettes 2500-3000 tons

    3 French FS-56 boat equipped with Simpac Rc, a short-range land-to-air system called "MBDA"

    6 P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft anti-submarines and warships

    An open-ended number of the AN-132 naval version maritime patrol aircraft


    20 Romeo MH-60R The best marine Helicopter in the world anti-submarines and naval boats


    10 American unmanned helicopters to work on warships.

    Upgrade of 3 Lafayette frigates with Aster-30


    Deals of armed patrol boats of the Navy and the Border Guard are different in lengths ranging from 20 - 68 m


    100 American boats

    100 German boats .. some already felivered

    30 French boats

    18 boats from (Saudi) Zamil Company
     
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    The ada and the gowinds are not confirmed and theMMSC deal confirms just 4 ships the FS-56 was actually for Lebanon but it has been cancelled due to political issues.
     
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    MMSC 4+4(optional) confirmed
    Gowind MOU signed
    Ada MOU.. but in doubt due to politics..
    FS-56 were bought by Saudi Arabia for Lebanon.. true.. but now they operate in KSA
     
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    Do they have any submarine ?
     
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    No but maybe in the future French or German subs.