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Fincantieri will design and construct the new US Navy frigate totalling $795 million

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Italian company Fincantieri received from the US Navy a contract for $ 795 million, according to which it will provide detailed design and construction of the first new-generation multipurpose missile frigate FFG (X) class, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to Naval News, the ship’s production is planned at the Marinette shipyard in Wisconsin, and a potential order for an additional nine such frigates could bring Fincantieri more than $ 5 billion more.

In 2017, the U.S. Navy command began work on a program for the development of a new generation of frigates that could complement the capabilities of the American fleet, taking into account the weak armament of ships of the coastal zone such as LCS. In the future, we are talking about the purchase of up to 20 multi-purpose frigates of the FFG (X) class.

One of the key requirements of the tender is that the cost of one ship should not exceed $ 950 million.

The Italian Fincantieri proposed a project based on frigates of the FREMM type for the competition. Austal USA (a modification of the LCS type ship), Bath Iron Works in partnership with the Spanish Navantia (Alvaro de Bazan class frigate) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (project details were not made public) also presented their options.

According to Naval News, Fincantieri has made significant adjustments to the FREMM project to meet US Navy requirements. The ship will be 151 meters long, 20 meters wide, and a total displacement of 7,500 tons.

The future frigate will be equipped with the Raytheon AN / SPY-6 (V) 3 radar system and the Aegis combat information and control system (AEGIS) version of Baseline 10.

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The ship is equipped with a 57-mm artillery system Mk.110 and a universal installation of vertical launch Mk.41 for 32 cells, designed for anti-aircraft missiles of the SM-2 and RIM-162 ESSM family, as well as ASROC anti-submarine missiles. In addition, NSM anti-ship missiles will be included in the arsenal of ships.

On board the ship will be able to base the MH-60R Sykhok helicopter and the MQ-8C Fire Scout drone.

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