The US Navy (USN) made the right decision in using a ‘parent design’ template for its future Guided Missile Frigate (FFG[X]), said Michael Petters, the CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, a major USN shipbuilder and expected bidder for the new frigate contact.
In releasing the request for proposal (RFP) on 7 November, the USN said prospective bidders need to avoid submitting an offer with a “clean” paper sheet with a new design.
“The thing that we’ve seen the navy do over the last several years is they’ve recognised that going off to a clean sheet whiteboard and starting with the beginning of what do we want to have in this ship and creating a wish list and then trying to jam in a 10 lb of requirements in a 5-lb stack of budget – they figured out that that’s not exactly the way to do business,” Petters told investment analysts on 8 November during a quarterly earnings call.
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