Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded Navy LHA 8 Affordability Contract

By George Backwell
Friday, July 18, 2014
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Huntington Ingalls Industries' informs that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded an affordability design contract for US$23.5 million for early industry involvement to reduce the construction and life-cycle cost for the amphibious assault ship LHA 8.

The early industry involvement contracts were awarded to U.S. shipyards that have the facilities and resources to build a large-deck amphibious assault ship without major recapitalization. The affordability design phase allows shipbuilders an opportunity to refine contract design requirements for a more affordable ship. The shipbuilders will address the cost-driving requirements within the design trade space that offer the greatest potential for acquisition, production and overall costs.

"Ingalls Shipbuilding has been constructing large-deck amphibious ships for nearly 50 years, and this contract will build on our company's knowledge and experience to implement cost-saving measures to help the Navy reach their affordability goals," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. "We are committed to building affordable ships, and this contract begins industry involvement in a meaningful way to implement improved cost in amphibious shipbuilding, specifically LHA 8."

The contract will employ Ingalls design and production engineers, planners, and a variety of operations experts to participate in the preliminary design of the ship and bring their ideas and knowledge of constructing amphibious warships to the table to help the Navy achieve their affordability goals.

The shipbuilders add that the contract will employ Ingalls design and production engineers, planners, and a variety of operations experts to participate in the preliminary design of the ship and bring their ideas and knowledge of constructing amphibious warships to the table to help the Navy achieve their affordability goals.

 


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