Report: Four Shipbuilders Vie for Navy’s $1.2B Frigate Construction Contract

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Navy is set to award a $1.2B contract for the contruction of its next-generation small multimission frigate in an initiative to accelerate a shipbuilding program that was supposed to commence later this year, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

The service plans to initially procure 10 FFG(X) vessels before it releases another solicitation to seek 10 additional frigates that can accommodate the Aegis combat system and SPY-6 radar technology, the report noted.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) is expected to offer a version of its national security cutter platform and Fincantieri Marinette Marine is submitting an FREMM frigate-based concept.

A team comprised of General Dynamics’ (NYSE: GD) Bath Iron Works subsidiary and Navantia intends to offer an F100 frigate design, while Austal plans to submit its littoral combat ship version with an aluminum trimaran hull.

Mark Esper, defense secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, recently informed the House Armed Services Committee of a plan to grow the Navy fleet to 355 manned and unmanned ships.

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