Although the cost for the new US Navy frigate (FFG[X]) will be an important consideration, the service will put more weight on other combined ship and programmatic attributes, US Navy (USN) officials told prospective bidders on 17 November.
“Non-price factors, when combined, are considered significantly more important than the price factor,” USN officials told industry, according to material released that day.
The target basic construction cost is USD495 million, the USN said, which does not include cost of non-recurring construction plans and other associated costs for a lead ship, government-furnished combat or weapon systems, or change orders.
The programme office, the USN said, “Envisions a [fiscal year] 2020 competition that will consider existing parent designs for a small surface combatant that can be modified to accommodate FFG(X) requirements”.
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