The United States Navy will buy two more high speed catamarans from Western Australia-based shipbuilder Austal for $US321.7 million, taking total work on the firm's order book to more than $2.2 billion. The US Navy announced today it had exercised contract options for the construction of the eighth and ninth Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSVs), taking the value of JHSV work awarded to Austal to US$1.45 billion. The 100-metre long aluminium-hulled catamarans can transport more than 300 troops plus vehicles at a speed of more than 40 knots to a range of 1,500 kilometres. The two additional vessels will be constructed at Austal's other shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
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