Navantia has been selected by the United States Government, together with its local partner the American shipyard General Dynamics Bath Iron Work, for the Conceptual Design phase of the FFGX frigate program.
The objective of the FFGX program is the acquisition of 20 frigates with local construction in the USA, the reference design being that of the Australian frigate AWD class Hobart, derived from the F-100 class. Navantia and GD Bath Iron Works will adapt this design to the requirements of the US Navy.
The Conceptual Design contract will have a duration of 16 months, at the end of which the bid for the selection of the 20 frigates constructor, scheduled for 2020, will be presented.
The FFGX program will equip the United States Navy Fleet Command with adequate capacity to achieve the objectives of sea control and maritime security operations, in addition to allowing support for naval combat groups and other support operations to the fleet.
The relationship between Navantia and GD Bath Iron Works goes back more than 40 years ago with the collaboration in the Santa María class frigates program of the Spanish Navy, in which this American company transmitted its technology to Navantia, then called Bazán. Other programs such as the AFCON corvette, the AWD program for the Australian Navy and the OPC patrol project for the US Coast Guard are joining this collaboration.
The experience of Navantia in the design of frigates with proven ability and its successful trajectory in the global export were key factors for the formation of the team with Bath Iron Works, one of the leading shipyards in the world in the construction of frigates and destroyers.
Class F-100 “Alvaro de Bazán” and derivatives have a proven capacity, with 11 units currently operating – and another 2 that will soon be delivered – for three marinas of the first order, the Spanish, Norwegian and Australian.
This pre-selection for the FFGX program, together with the Australian SEA5000 and the Canadian Surface Combatant, makes Navantia the only naval company that currently competes in the three largest international programs of frigates that are being developed in the world: Australia, Canada and the USA.