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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


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Re: US Navy FFG(X) program
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2018, 05:19:56 PM »
https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/02/16/navy-awards-design-contracts-for-for-future-frigate/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow

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Navy awards design contracts for future frigate

By: David B. Larter

WASHINGTON —The Navy has awarded $15 million contracts to five companies for conceptual designs for the FFG(X) program.

Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Austal USA, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have all been asked to submit mature designs over the next 16 months before the Navy drops down to a single detailed design and construction contract.

All the contracts contain options that could grow the value to between $22 million and $23 million, according to the contract announcement. The work is expected to be complete by June, 2019.

The U.S. Navy intends to award the contract for the first FFG(X) in 2020. It will buy one in 2020 and one in 2021, followed by two each year after that, according to the Navy’s most recent 30-year shipbuilding plan. The U.S. Navy’s requirement is for 52 small-surface combatants, the bulk of which will be LCS.

Both Austal and Lockheed Martin are competing amped up versions of their littoral combat ships. Huntington Ingalls is offering a version of the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter. Fincantieri is offering its FREMM design. General Dynamics is offering a patrnership with Spanish shipbuilding Navantia, for its F100 frigate.

The Navy is looking for builders to balance value and capabilities, according to a statement, the Naval Sea Systems Command.

“Throughout the accelerated acquisition process for FFG(X), the Navy will incentivize industry to balance cost and capability and achieve the best value solution for the American taxpayer,” the statement reads.

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Re: US Navy FFG(X) program
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018, 02:42:05 AM »
FFG(X) potential growth comes under scrutiny | Janes - 10 July 2018
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Specifically, the ship’s “growth margin” for future changes is coming under scrutiny, with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) identifying that margin as a “potential oversight issue for Congress” in a recent report on FFG(X) programme development.

“The navy wants the FFG(X) design to have a growth margin [also called service life allowance] of 5%, meaning an ability to accommodate upgrades and other changes that might be made to the ship’s design over the course of its service life that could require up to 5% more space, weight, electrical power, or equipment cooling capacity,” the CRS noted in its 3 July report titled ‘Navy Frigate (FFG[X]) Program: Background and Issues for Congress’, which was made publicly available on 9 July.