Austal Awarded US Defence JHSV Contract
Austal has won the contract to design and build the United States Department of Defence’s next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. As Prime contractor, Austal will design and construct the first 103 m JHSV, with options for 9 additional vessels expected to be exercised between fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2013.
Similar to the Austal-built WestPac Express operated by the US Marines for the past seven years, the JHSV will be capable of transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, operating in shallow waters and reaching speeds in excess of 35 knots fully loaded. The vessels will be a joint-use platform operated by both the United States Army and Navy.
The vessels will be built at Austal’s US shipyard located in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A., where work is continuing on the first phase of a new state-of-the-art Modular Manufacturing Facility (MMF). Upon completion in mid-2009, the first half of the 70 000 m2 MMF will be available for the fabrication of all JHSV modules.
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