Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $15.7 million contract modification for AEGIS Weapons System (AWS) design requirements in support of U.S. Navy’s FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigate program.
The cost-plus-incentive-fee modification was awarded by the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
The Frigate Combat Management System (CMS) contract includes the design of the CMS. The planned contract action will modify CMS capabilities under development and integrate increased combat system element capability, resulting in an AEGIS Weapon System that aligns with FFG(X) class ships.
The AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) is a centralized, automated, command-and-control (C2) and weapons control system that was designed as a total weapon system, from detection to kill. The computer-based command and decision element makes the AEGIS combat system capable of simultaneous operations against multi-mission threats: anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. The system currently equips U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers (DDGs) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers (CGS), and some vessels of allied navies.
The work for the contract will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, and is expected to be completed by September 2021.
FFG(X) is the notional designation of a class of multi-mission guided-missile frigates being developed for the U.S. Navy as a follow-on to the modular Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).
On June 20, the Navy released request for proposal (RFP) for the FFG(X) detail design and construction (DD&C) contract for the first 10 ships (one base ship and nine option ships). The RFP provides for a full and open competition and will result in a contract awarded to one company in fiscal year 2020.
To reach the Navy’s full requirement of 20 frigates, a second contract is planned closer to fiscal year 2025 for the next 10 ships.
The competitors for the FFG(X) program are:
+ Austal USA – design based on its Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS)
+ Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) – design based on FREMM multipurpose frigate operated by French Navy. Italian Navy and others.
+ General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW)/Navantia – design based on Spanish Navy’s Álvaro de Bazán-class F100 frigate
+ Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) – design based on U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter (NSC)