Here’s another stunning contract.
“Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $68,786,952 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract for the production of Littoral Combat Ship gun mission modules, including support for basic outfitting assembly installation, interim deport level maintenance, engineering support and sustainment. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $812,000,000.”
I have no idea what, exactly, this includes or, indeed, what it is even referring to. The LCS only has two guns. If it refers to the main gun, the Mk 110 57 mm gun, that’s supposed to be included in the construction contract cost. If it refers to the 30 mm guns, we’re only purchasing around 24 or so for the ASuW modules. That works out to $34M per gun for a glorified machine gun. That’s absurd raised to the power of absurd (absurd squared, for you math geeks).
I’m truly baffled about this one. Anyone got any ideas what this is about?