Lockheed Aims For Intl Littoral Combat Ship Sales; Joe North Comments

LockheedLogoLockheed Martin is seeking foreign demand for its Littoral Combat Ship program as the Navy’s USS Freedom was set rotate to through Singapore on Thursday.

That LCS ship departed from San Diego on March 1 and was scheduled to stop in Singapore for eight months with 91 people on board, Reuters reports.

Navy officials have told House lawmakers the LCS program is part of the military’s goal to have 300 ships by 2019, Andrea Shalal-Esa writes.

In total, the Navy plans to buy 52 LCS warships for more than $30 billion to support its surface warfare, minehunting and anti-submarine missions.

Those purchases will cover Lockheed's steel monohull design and Austal's aluminum-hulled LCS trimaran design.

Joe North, Lockheed’s LCS program, told Reuters the company is confident prospective Middle East and Asia customers will be interested in the ships with foreign sales and deliveries being pegged for 2014 and 2017, Shalal-Esa writes.

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