- Between four and six FFG(X) conceptual design awards are planned before the end of March
- Average threshold cost of USD950 million per ship after the first of class
Just six months after signalling a change of course on its requirement for a more lethal and survivable small surface combatant, the US Navy (USN) is only weeks away from awarding a series of study contracts intended to promote early industry involvement and design risk reduction for its planned guided-missile frigate replacement (FFG[X]) programme.
Intended to set the ground for a full and open competition for detailed design and construction, the forthcoming conceptual design phase will fund up to six awards to allow rival shipbuilders and design houses to mature their respective ‘parent’ designs against the FFG(X) requirement.
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