FFG(X) Average Cost Estimated at $950 Million After First Hull
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy estimates the average production cost of the future guided-missile frigate, or FFG(X), may be $950 million per hull for the 19 ships expected to be ordered after the first ship of the class.
Speaking to an audience Jan. 9 at the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, Regan Campbell, the Navy’s FFG(X) program manager, said the estimated $950 million average follow-on cost includes the government-furnished equipment, including most of the weapons and sensors.
Campbell said contract awards for the Conceptual Design phase of the program will be made this quarter, with an expected 16-month performance period of full and open competition before down-select, after which the Detailed Design and Construction (DD&C) phase will begin. The number of ships included in the DD&C contract is expected to be between four and six hulls.
She said the first FFG(X) will be in the 2020 budget submission, with the second in 2021 and two per year thereafter through the completion of the program. The possibility of sales to foreign nations could lengthen the production run.
Campbell stressed that cost savings and interoperability will be achieved largely by using mature combat, sensor and weapon systems, with “a lot of commonality in our weapons and our sensors with the rest of the Navy
“We’re about to enter the Conceptual Design phase,” she said. “We are going to use this phase to mature the design.”
Campbell mentioned that the ship requirement for speed is 26 knots. She also said the specifications call for a threshold of 16 vertical launching system cells capable of firing the Standard Missile-2 or accommodating quad-packs of the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile. The design objective is for 32 cells.