Why Saudi Arabia Just Bought One of America’s Most Controversial Warships

Why Saudi Arabia Just Bought One of America's Most Controversial Warships

Why Saudi Arabia Just Bought One of America’s Most Controversial Warships

Lockheed Martin has taken the first steps in fulfilling a massive naval deal it reached with Saudi Arabia last year.

As first reported by the Motley Fool, the Pentagon awarded Lockheed $481.1 million for “long-lead-time material” to begin construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships. The MMSC ships are modified versions of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which Lockheed also makes. Last November, the Pentagon had awarded the company a $22.74 million contract to work out the modifications that Saudi Arabia had requested. The latest contract indicates that the design has been agreed upon.

written by Zachary Keck
Source : http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-saudi-arabia-just-bought-one-americas-most-controversial-24956?page=show

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