United States Department of Defense disclosed in a release on September 28 that Vigor Works was awarded by the US Army Contracting Command to build US Army’s Maneuver Support Vessel (Light) MSV(L).
The contract, firm-fixed-price contract, amounts to $979,794,011. The contract is expected to be completed September 28, 2027
The MSV(L) will replace US Army’s Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8 or “Mike Boat”) that had been in service since 1959.
“The contract calls for one prototype vessel, four vessels under low rate production, and up to thirty two additional vessels for use by Army Mariners in even the most difficult environments,” Vigor Ballard general manager Tim Kolb said. Vigor Ballard spearheaded the proposal process.
Vigor said the design was developed in partnership with BMT following a detailed study of the Army’s unique needs and the available design options to fulfill those needs.
It added that the MSV(L) dramatically improves the capabilities of the current LCM-8 and provides the optimal combination of performance, operational flexibility and life-cycle cost while maintaining the reliability and versatility of the Army’s current craft.
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