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Navy League 2019: LCS shipbuilding abroad possible as foreign interest grows

13 May 2019
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With work starting on the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) variant of the Lockheed Martin Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) now under way for Saudi Arabia, LCS contractors and the US Navy (USN) are fielding queries about more foreign sales with the possibility of those ships being built abroad.

“They’re looking at what’s the play in the international market as we move off the MMSC,” Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin’s vice-president for small combatants and ship systems told Jane’s during an interview on 6 May during the Navy League 2019 Sea-Air-Space exposition, held in National Harbor, Maryland, from 6 to 8 May.

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