Lockheed Martin moves to mature Freedom-variant FFG(X) conceptual design

WASHINGTON. U.S. Navy officials approved Lockheed Martin's Freedom-variant Frigate (FFG(X)) design to move forward for the Navy's FFG(X) competition. The contract to mature the conceptual design is valued at $15 million.

submitted its Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship () parent design in response to the U.S. Navy's FFG(X) conceptual design solicitation with Fincantieri Marinette Marine as its shipbuilder and Gibbs & Cox as its naval architect.

The Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date. There are eight ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.

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