The US Navy (USN) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on 7 November for the future Guided Missile Frigate (FFG[X]) and, as expected, it calls for a simple and straightforward ship design.
The USN wants its FFG[X] to be based on what it calls a “parent design”, the RFP said.
“A parent design is defined as a design of a ship that has been through production and demonstrated [full scale] at sea,” the request explained.
“A ‘clean sheet, paper’, or developmental parent design, would not qualify under this definition and would not be accepted for consideration under the conceptual design solicitation,” the USN said in a solicitation clarification in October.
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