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Navy Awards FFG(X) Frigate Conceptual Design Contracts to 5 Firms

The U.S. Navy has awarded five companies contracts to come up with a conceptual design of the service’s future guided missile frigate.

The Naval Sea Systems Command received six proposals for the firm-fixed-price contracts as part of the FFG(X) ship program, the Defense Department said Friday.

NAVSEA selected Austal, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, General Dynamics’ (NYSE: GD) Bath Iron Works subsidiary, Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for the FFG(X) conceptual design contracts.

The military branch will use the conceptual design phase to inform the final specifications in a request for proposals for the follow-on design and construction contract.

Each of the contracts’ base and ceiling values are listed below:

  • Austal: base value of $14.9 million with a $21.4 million ceiling if all options are exercised
  • Fincantieri Marinette Marine: base value of $14.9 million with a $22.9 million ceiling if all options are exercised
  • General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works: base value of $14.9 million with a $22.9 million ceiling if all options are exercised
  • HII: base value of $14.9 million with a $22.9 million ceiling if all options are exercised
  • Lockheed: base value of $14.9 million with a $21.9 million ceiling if all options are exercised

Work will run through June 2019 should the service exercise all options.

Each of the companies will get $1.2 million in fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds that will expire by the end of the current fiscal year and another $11 million in fiscal 2018 R&D, test and evaluation funds at the time of award.

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