Lockheed Martin Wins $7M Contract for Combat System Integration on U.S. Navy’s New FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigates

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a contract, worth around $7 million, for combat system ship integration and test on U.S. Navy’s new-construction FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigates.

The cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price was awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to around $125 million.

The work executed under this contract includes combat system (CS) ship integration engineering support and test planning, conducting a waterfront CS ship integration and test program, post-delivery engineering support to government test teams, engineering services for CS ship integration and test and developing test program documents for FFG(X) ships.

Work will be performed at the FFG(X) ship builder location (70 percent) and Moorestown, New Jersey (30 percent), and is expected to be complete in June 2025.

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 FFG(X)s, a second contract is planned closer to fiscal year 2025 for the next 10 ships to ensure more accurate pricing on out-year 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) – FREMM multipurpose frigate
+ General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW)/Navantia – Álvaro de Bazán-class F100 frigate
+ Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) – design based on U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter (NSC)

Lockheed Martin initially offered a design based on its Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the program and was also awarded a $15 million conceptual design contract by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to mature its proposed ship design to meet the FFG(X) system specification. But it was announced in May that the company was pulling out of the competition.

Even though Lockheed Martin will not pursue the FFG(X) program as the prime contractor, it will supply a number of subsystems for the winning ship design including its COMBATSS-21 combat management system, derived from the Aegis Combat System (ACS).

The company will also be partnering with Italy’s Fincantieri which is offering FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione, European Multi-Mission Frigate) multipurpose frigate design for FFG(X) bid through its U.S. subsidiary, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM). FMM is already working with Lockheed Martin for the construction of the Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ships.

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