Metal Shark News

29 May

May 29th, 2024: Metal Shark Wins U.S. Navy 40 PB Flight 2 Contract

Jeanerette, LA – May 29th, 2024: Louisiana-based boat builder Metal Shark is one of two builders awarded a seven-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $290 million to produce up to seventy-three 40-foot “40 PB” patrol boats for Naval Expeditionary Combat Command.

Designed by Metal Shark’s in-house engineering team specifically for the Navy, the 40 PB has been built by Metal Shark since award of the 40 PB Flight 1 contract in 2017.  With the Flight 2 award, 40 PB production will continue in force at Metal Shark’s South Louisiana production facilities. ReconCraft, of Clackamas, Oregon was also awarded a 40 PB Flight 2 contract.

“Winning 40 PB Flight 2 is a huge win for the entire Metal Shark family, our suppliers, and the state of Louisiana,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “We have developed our processes, built our facilities, and grown and trained our team specifically to accommodate high volume, rapid and repeatable, high quality, serialized construction of complex vessels like 40 PB. With the award of Flight 2 we will continue to showcase the skills of our Louisiana workforce while supplying these important combatant craft to our fighting forces.”

Metal Shark is still building fourteen 40 PB vessels under the 40 PB Flight 1 IDIQ, with a total of 42 units delivered to date. With the award of Flight 2, the Navy has placed an initial, immediate order for an additional two vessels from Metal Shark, which will be delivered in 2025. Under the terms of the award, Metal Shark will supply spares, training, engineering, and technical support in addition to the vessels.

Visually distinctive thanks to its chiseled, angular profile and a unique faceted hull, 40 PB is a ballistic-protected combatant craft powered by twin diesel inboards and water jets. Metal Shark designed a moderate aft deadrise, wide-waterplane, sharp-entry hull form that not only achieves 35+ knot sprint speeds while displaying superb dynamic stability in a range of conditions, but also offers enhanced handling and greatly reduced operating cost at the 10-15 knot escort and cruise speeds where the vessel spends the bulk of its operational life. 40 PB features an advanced C4ISR suite and can be armed with a range of crew-served and remotely operated weapons systems.

“Winning 40 PB in 2017 was a crowning achievement for Metal Shark, and we are equally honored to have received this Flight 2 award as evidence of the Navy’s continued trust in us today,” said Mr. Allard. “As a vital part of the defense industrial base Metal Shark proudly supports those who serve and protect. We are excited to continue supplying the world’s greatest Navy with world’s most advanced patrol boat.”

Metal Shark specializes in the design and construction of welded aluminum vessels from 16’ to over 300’ for defense, law enforcement, and commercial operators. Key customers include US and foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, and other clients worldwide. With three fully self-contained boat building facilities in Louisiana USA; a research, design and testing facility in Alabama, USA; plus a dedicated engineering facility in Croatia, Metal Shark’s 400+ employees produce over 200 vessels per year with a proud and proven track record of high quality, on time deliveries.