PASCAGOULA, Miss., July 1 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has received a $175 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for work and services for the Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 7.
The funding will be used to buy long-lead-time materials and major equipment, such as main reduction gears and to perform initial design and planning, the company said.
The LHA 7 will be the second in the U.S. Navy's newest class large-deck amphibious assault vessels. When completed it will measure 844 feet long and 106 feet wide. Displacement will be 44,854 tons.
The ship will also have an extended hangar deck with two higher hangar bay areas and increased aviation fuel capacity. Aircraft such as the MV-22 Osprey, cargo and attack helicopters and short take-off vertical landing variant of the F-35B Lightening II Strike Fighter, will be able to operate from it.
"This contract marks the first milestone for the Navy's newest large-deck amphibious ship," Kevin Jarvis, vice president of Northrop Grumman's large deck programs, said in a news release. "Procuring long-lead material in advance of starting construction helps the shipbuilder manage costs and schedule ."
Northrop Grumman said with all contract options exercised, the contract could be worth $193 million.