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US Navy FFG(X) program
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:39:23 PM »
From: usni.org
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Navy Releases Details of New FFG(X) Guided-Missile Frigate Program in Request to Industry

The Navy released the first formal details on what it wants in its guided-missile frigate in a new request for information to industry issued today. The new ship concept outlined in the RFI in many ways resembles the Navy’s previous frigate plans but also looks at upgrades like more powerful radars and vertical-launch missile tubes.

The RFI notes the Navy is still seeking industry input on a variety of capabilities – including, how to incorporate missile launchers for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 and Standard Missile (SM)-2, according to an early draft of the RFI obtained by USNI News.

However, the document outlines many key details on the frigate’s mission set, the weapons systems the Navy would like it to employ and the ship class’s procurement profile.

Much like the Littoral Combat Ship that currently fills the small surface combatant role, the FFG(X) mission will focus heavily on unmanned systems, using them to expand “sensor and weapon influence to provide increased information to the overall fleet tactical picture while challenging adversary ISR&T (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting) efforts.”
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US Navy FFG(X) program
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 08:41:05 PM »
From: UK Type 26 Global Combat Ships Programme

BAE joins race for new US frigate with its Type 26 vessel | Defense news
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Company officials confirmed Thursday it had responded to the U.S. Navy’s request for information and were in talks with unspecified companies in the states about how it would build the ship for the FFG(X) program, according to a BAE official who spoke on background to discuss early developments.

“In terms of the technical requirements, its a good fit. ... We responded to the RFI and we’re confident its a pretty good fit,” the official said.

The Type 26, designed primarily as an anti-submarine ship, is competing hard for both the Canadian and Australian frigate programs. Anti-submarine warfare is a key requirement for FFG(X), which BAE thinks gives its frigate an edge. The design also incorporates a large mission bay that can be used as flex space for mission modules.


BAE Systems officials confirmed Thursday it had responded to the U.S. Navy’s request for information and were in talks with unspecified companies in the states about how it would build the ship. (BAE Systems)

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Re: US Navy FFG(X) program
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 08:41:19 PM »
See also: USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin Unveils LCS 125M Concept Design for US Navy FFG(X) | Navy Recognition - 13 September 2017
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At DSEI 2017, the international defense trade show currently held in London, UK, Lockheed Martin unveiled the new LCS 125 meters. A company representative explained that this "concept" is representative of Lockheed Martin's answer to the U.S. Navy FFG(X) requirement.


The new LCS 125M unveiled at DSEI 2017
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The new LCS 125M features no less that 16x anti-ship missile
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Lockheed Martin's LCS 125M at DSEI 2017
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Additions on this frigate compared to the baseline LCS include Nulka decoy launchers, SEWIP, SeaRAM, fire control radars...
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The LCS 125M features bilge keels aft while the propulsion system remains unchanged

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Re: US Navy FFG(X) program
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 03:17:10 AM »
Surface Navy 2018: Austal USA, Lockheed Martin detail frigate derivatives | Janes - 11 January 2018
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Austal USA and Lockheed Martin officials said they are offering basic designs for the new US Navy (USN) guided-missile frigate FFG(X) that closely match those of their Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) templates with some key differences to increase lethality, survivability, and multimission potential.

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Another shipbuilder also vying for the FFG(X) is Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), which has mature parent designs for existing ship programmes. However, HII officials declined requests to speak about the frigate completion.

Austal USA officials noted that one of its existing ships, USS Coronado (LCS 4), has already proved it can be more lethal – the USN installed a launcher and fired a Harpoon Block 1C missile from the ship during recent deployment and testing.


Lockheed Martin based its USN guided-missile frigate FFG(X) proposal on the basic hull design of its LCS. Source: Lockheed Martin