According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy has awarded five companies a contract worth about 15 million U.S. dollars to provide a conceptual design for the US Navy's future frigate FFG (X) project.
It is understood that the five companies are Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Austal America, General Dynamics Bath Steel and Fincantieri companies, which will submit their detailed design by June 2019, and the contract also includes The respective contract amount increased to 22 million -23 million US dollars in the alternative contract. The U.S. Navy hopes to finalize the construction contract for the first frigate by 2020.
Each design chosen for this time is based on a mature parent design already built in the U.S. or foreign navies, with foreign designs that need to be built in cooperation with a U.S. shipyard. The U.S. Navy expects to pay 800-950 million U.S. dollars for construction costs per frigate.
Specifically, Austal USA has proposed a variant missile frigate design for an independent Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) with a contract value of $ 14,999,969. If the alternative contract comes into effect, the contract value of the company will increase to 21399022 dollars. The contract is expected to be completed in June 2019.
Fincantieri has proposed the company's 6,700-tonne Italian multitasking frigate (FREMM) design, to be built by its subsidiary Marinette Marine. Fincantieri contract value of 14,994,626 US dollars. If the alternative contract comes into effect, the amount will increase to 22977617 U.S. dollars. The contract is expected to be completed in June 2019
General Dynamics Bath Steel has proposed Spain's Navantia Ávard de Bazán-class F100 missile frigate design, the contract value of 14,950,000 US dollars. If the alternative contract comes into effect, the amount will increase to 22.9 million U.S. dollars. The contract will be completed in June 2019.
Lockheed Martin also proposed the design of a guided missile frigate that has been transformed from the design of the free-range Littoral Combat Ship's mother ship, with a contract value of US $ 14999889. If the alternative contract comes into effect, the amount will increase to 21972630 U.S. dollars. The contract is expected to be completed by June 2019.
Huntington Ingalls' $ 14,999,224 contract for the design of a guided missile convoy will increase to $ 22,997,030 if the alternative contract becomes effective and is expected to be completed in June 2019.