Navy Finalizes Requirements for New Frigate; Expects $150M in Savings

The U.S. Navy expects to save $150M per hull for a future frigate class investment based on a recent finalization of requirements, USNI News reported Tuesday. The program, supposedly requiring $950M per hull, has dropped in cost, according to officials in charge.

"We have taken some very significant costs out of the average follow units," Regan Campbell, frigate program manager at Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants, said during the recent Surface Navy Association symposium.

She added that President Trump's upcoming budget features more details on the program's new cost approach. The Navy approved the capability development document of FFG(X)'s requirements following an initial design review of other contractors including Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. Campbell said the document pends for the approval of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council.

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