June 22 (UPI) — Gravois Aluminum Boats has received a $16.2 million contract for the construction of Near Coastal Patrol Vessels for U.S. Southern Command partner nations.
The contract provides for 13 NCPV patrol vessels, 13 electro-optical infrared sensor systems, diagnostic equipment, reactivation, crew familiarization, and testing. Gravois Aluminum Boats does business as Metal Shark Boats.
The contract was awarded in anticipation of Foreign Military Sales and counter-narcotics requirements. Options included could bring the total value of the contract up to $54.6 million if exercised.
The foreign military sales include the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and El Salvador. Word will be conducted in Jeanerette, La., and is expected to be completed by June 2019.
Foreign military sales funding in the amount of $4 million will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire with the fiscal year. The contract was competitively offered to small business set-asides with six offers considered.
Requirements call for a 75 to 85 foot long boat with all necessary equipment for coastal patrol, security, and counter-narcotics and interdiction missions. It would be less than half the size of the Cyclone-class coastal patrol boats used by the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.