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Euronaval 2022: Keel laid for second Saudi Multi-Mission Surface Combatant

19th October 2022 - 15:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in Paris


Model of a Multi-Mission Surface Combatant. (Photo: Harry Lye)

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the four-ship programme to build Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships for Saudi Arabia.

The keel was laid for the second Royal Saudi Naval Forces Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) on 13 October, according to a Lockheed Martin executive.

Speaking to journalists during the Euronaval event, Lockheed Martin small combatants and ship systems business development director Dawn Brenner confirmed the keel laying had taken place last week and that all four vessels were in build.

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine are building four MMSC ships for Saudi Arabia, which will carry the Mk41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), Combatss-21 combat management system and MBDA’s CAMM missiles.

The ships are a variant of the Freedom-variant Littoral

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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