HII CEO Mike Petters told analysts during a conference call held Thursday the company is ahead of schedule on JFK construction efforts and uses fewer man-hours to build the ship.
Petters attributed the reduction of labor hours to a digital technology that generates imagery and guides workers in the shipbuilding project.
Eighty-four percent of the vessel’s structures are complete, the report noted.
The projected JFK launch date could happen approximately six years after the Navy christened the first-in-class USS Gerald R. Ford carrier.
Congress established an $11.4B funding limit for USS Kennedy and the cap represents a nearly 15 percent decrease in the $13B price tag for USS Ford.