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G&C to support functional design of MMSC

15th January 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Gibbs & Cox (G&C) has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to support the functional design of Saudi Arabia's Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC), the company announced on 10 January.

Lockheed Martin's MMSC, a Freedom-class derivative, has been selected by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to fulfill its MMSC requirement, with the US Navy and Saudi Arabia signing a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for four vessels in May 2017.

The MMSC is a lethal and highly manoeuverable multi-mission surface combatant capable of littoral and open ocean operation.

The design leverages the capabilities of the US Littoral Combat Ship and the inherent flexibility of the Freedom-class hull. The ship has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can reach speeds in excess of 30 knots.

Chris Deegan, Gibbs & Cox president and CEO, said: 'G&C's 85 years of surface combatant design experience has supported many of the world's navies via foreign military sales. We look forward to working with Lockheed Martin to design the MMSC to meet the needs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.'

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