WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is considering
buying new coastal warships from both Lockheed Martin Corp and
the U.S. unit of Australia's Austal Ltd since the companies'
proposed prices came in lower than expected, said a defense
analyst and two other sources familiar with the decision.
Loren Thompson with the Virginia-based Lexington Institute
said the Navy now expects to buy 10 ships from each of the two
companies, rather than a total of 10 from one bidder as it had
Two other sources, who were not authorized to speak on the
record, confirmed the plan, and said Navy officials could
announce the decision later on Wednesday.
The Navy declined comment.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa, editing by Gerald E.
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