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Austal to design Joint High
Speed Vessel
Austal has won the contract to design and build the US Department
of Defense’s next-generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed
Vessel (JHSV).
art of a programme potentially
worth more than US$1.6 billion, the
contract will see Austal act as prime
contractor for the design and construction of
the first 103m JHSV, with options for nine
additional vessels expected to be exercised
between FY09 and FY13.
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 35kts fully loaded. The
vessels will be a joint-use platform operated
by both the US Army and US Navy. Computer-generated impression showing the Austal JHSV under way.
Said Austal Managing Director Bob
Browning: “Being selected as prime
contractor for a major US Department of has the capability to deliver large high-speed an important factor in winning this contract
Defense (DoD) shipbuilding programme advanced aluminium platforms on time and along with the success of WestPac Express,
demonstrates Austal’s capabilities as a defence on budget - a capability which will be further which has been successfully serving with
supplier. Austal is very proud to have been enhanced upon completion of the MMF the US Marines in Okinawa, Japan, for more
selected to build an important part of the US and the expansion of our US workforce,” than seven years.”
Navy’s fleet. This 10-vessel programme is an Browning said. Austal is teamed with General Dynamics
important step in Austal’s strategy to create Austal Chairman John Rothwell said: Advanced Information Systems, who
longer-term, more predictable earnings for “Austal’s US Defense security clearance was will design, integrate and test the JHSV’s
our investors.” electronic systems, including an Open
The vessels will be built at Austal’s US Architecture Computing Infrastructure,
shipyard, which is located in Mobile,
TecHnicAl pArTiculArS
internal and external communications,
Alabama, where work is continuing on
electronic navigation, aviation and armament
the first phase of a new state-of-the-art systems. General Dynamics said it would
Modular Manufacturing Facility (MMF).
length ...................................................103m
make use of its integration experience and
Speed excess 35kts
On completion in mid-2009, the first half of Draught ..................................................3.8m open computing infrastructure from its work
the 70,000m
MMF will be available for the
range ................................ 1200nm at 35kts
on the General Dynamics’ Littoral Combat
payload ...................................... 635 tonnes
fabrication of all JHSV modules. Accommodation ............. embarked troop Ship programme in its work on the JHSV.
Austal USA’s 1000-strong workforce, which
berthing for 150 troops
and airline style seating
The JHSV programme arose as a result
is currently completing the US Navy’s 127m for 312 troops of a merger between the US Army’s Theatre
Littoral Combat Ship Independence (LCS 2),
Aviation..........cH-53e capable flight deck
loading ramp .......................‘Austere port’
Support Vessel (TSV) and US Navy’s High
as well as a 113m high-speed catamaran for loading ramp for M1A2 Speed Connector (HSC) programmes. This
Hawaii Superferry, will increase to more than
Abrams tanks
Mission Deck ............... Open unobstructed
merger was initiated in order to take advantage
1500 as a result of the JHSV programme. mission deck - usable of inherent commonalities between the
“As demonstrated by the two Hawaii
cargo area in excess
(clear height of
programmes and create a more flexible asset
Superferry vessels recently constructed at our
4.75m and turning
for the US DoD, whilst drawing on the US
diameter of 26.21m)
Mobile, Alabama facilities, our US shipyard Navy’s competence in ship acquisition. WT
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