Downselect decision gives shipbuilders more 'trade space' on frigate design

By Justin Doubleday / May 18, 2016 at 5:27 PM
The Pentagon’s decision to choose between Austal USA and Lockheed Martin to build the future frigate, rather than having both contractors build the ships, has forced the Navy to give the shipbuilders more "trade space" in designing the vessel, according to a program official. The Navy plans to downselect between Austal and Lockheed late in fiscal year 2018 for production of 12 frigates, according to Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer, frigate program manager within the Littoral Combat Ship program executive office. During...

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