Austal has won a US$15 million (A$19.1 million) fixed-price contract to design the Guided Missile Frigate FFG(X) for the US Department of Defense.
The Australian shipbuilder will develop the Austal Frigate design to meet the FFG(X) system specification with the goal of reducing cost, schedule, and performance risk for the follow-on detail design and construction contract.
“Austal welcomes this contract as an endorsement of our advanced, technology focused design; something that underpins everything we do and is at the heart of what has built our reputation over the last 30 years,” said Austal CEO David Singleton.
“Our continued investment in research and development to support the technology of our vessels is what has kept our designs at the forefront of advanced naval capabilities.
Austal USA is already delivering two classes of ship for the United States Navy through the Spearhead Class, Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) and the Independence Class, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
“Austal’s design department is always increasing its capability to offer the latest technological developments on all our platforms,” Singleton said
“Highly technical engineering, research and development, and advanced digital design concepts are continually improved to set the standard of what is possible in naval design.
“With this latest announcement, the US has recognised the importance of being able to operate the most advanced naval vessels and we are excited to work with them to develop the technology to do this.”