The Navy today awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to $124 million for integration and testing of the next-generation frigate's combat system, according to a Defense Department statement.
"The work executed under this contract includes combat system (CS) ship integration engineering support and test planning, conducting a waterfront CS ship integration and test program, post-delivery engineering support to government test teams, engineering services for CS ship integration and test and developing test program documents for FFG(X) ships," according to the statement.
The Navy published the final request for proposals for the next-generation frigate last month. The shipbuilders expected to respond are Austal USA, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Lockheed announced in May it would not submit its own bid for the FFG(X) competition, and, in a statement to Inside Defense, said it had decided to focus on the new vessel's combat systems.