Armed Forces News

Fincantieri Marinette Marine would embark on a significant upgrade and expansion of its shipyards if awarded the contract for the Navy’s FFG(X) frigate program, according to a Jan. 8 Defense and Aerospace Report story. The company now builds littoral combat ships (LCS) for the Navy. At roughly 7,400 tons, the new frigates would be more than double the size of the LCS. To accommodate production requirements, the company would direct an investment ranging from $80 million to $100 million, according to the report. The funding would come from both public and private sources. Other competitors for the contract include General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Austal USA, and Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding.