The US Navy has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the guided missile frigate FFG(X) design and construction contract for the first 10 ships.
The RFP provides for a full competition and will result in a contract awarded to one company in fiscal year 2020.
“The guided missile frigate is an agile, multi-mission platform designed for operation in blue water and littoral environments”, says the RFP.
The FFG(X) will have multi-mission capability to conduct air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, electronic warfare and information operations.
Responders to the contract solicitation must propose an FFG(X) design based on a parent ship design that has been through production and demonstrated in full scale at sea.
To reach the US Navy’s full requirement of 20 FFG(X)s a second contract is planned closer to fiscal year 2025 for the next 10 ships to ensure more accurate pricing on out-year ships.