FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigate Detail Design & Construction

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States

FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigate Detail Design & Construction

Department of the Navy

Official Address:
SEA 02
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Washington Navy Yard DC 20376

Zip Code:

Shawn Fu, Contracting Officer, Phone (202) 781-1087, Email – Kelli Bryan, Contract Specialist, Email


Date Posted:


Contract Description:

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a solicitation under full and open competition in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of guided missile frigates under the FFG(X) program. The solicitation will provide for DD&C of up to ten (10) FFG(X) ships, post-delivery availability support, engineering and class services, crew familiarization, training equipment, and provisioned item orders.

FFG(X) will provide combatant and fleet commanders a uniquely suitable asset to achieve select sea control objectives and to perform maritime security operations while facilitating access in all domains in support of strike group and aggregated fleet operations. As part of the Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations Concept, the FFG(X) small surface combatant will expand blue force sensor and weapon influence to enhance the overall fleet tactical picture while challenging adversary intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and tracking efforts. FFG(X) will also contribute to the Navy the Nation Needs by relieving large surface combatants from the stress of routine duties during operations other than war. The Navy expects to build a total of twenty (20) FFG(X) ships as per the fiscal year 2019 Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels.

The solicitation will require prospective offerors to propose an FFG(X) design based on an existing parent ship design that has been demonstrated at sea. All technical requirements will be defined in the solicitation, system specification, and other government furnished information to be provided as part of the solicitation. FFG(X) ships must be constructed in a United States shipyard. Each offeror may submit only one proposal as a prime contractor. However, offerors may act as subcontractors under a prime contractor in one or more proposals.

Prior to the issuance of the formal solicitation (request for proposals) for this procurement, NAVSEA intends to release a draft copy of the solicitation for industry review. Additionally, Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) will host an industry day event to present the Navy’s requirements and provide an overview of the solicitation, including the contemplated proposal evaluation procedures. The draft solicitation and industry day announcement will be released in or around March 2019 via the Federal Business Opportunities website (FBO) under this solicitation number.

In order to be considered for contract award, offerors must have a SECRET facility clearance by the time of award. Foreign contractors may act as subcontractors to U.S. prime contractors. However, the export of defense articles, defense services, and related technical data is subject to the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and requires the issuance of an export license by the U.S. Department of State.

NAVSEA will issue the formal solicitation associated with this notice electronically via FBO at The Government will not provide printed copies of the solicitation. Interested firms should monitor FBO for the release of the solicitation and other updates related to this procurement.

Inquiries or questions concerning this announcement may be submitted to the points of contact identified in this notice. The Government cannot commit to providing a response to every submission received. This pre-solicitation synopsis is for information only, and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to solicit contractual offers or award contracts. The Government is not soliciting, nor will it accept, proposals in response to this notice. This notice does not constitute a request for proposals, a promise to issue a request for proposals, or a promise by the Government to pay for information received in response to this synopsis notice or any subsequent synopsis notice. The information contained herein is subject to modification and in no way binds the Government to award a contract.

Access to Controlled Solicitation Materials

Certain FFG(X) technical data under this solicitation will be marked Distribution Statement D (Distribution authorized to DoD and U.S. DoD contractors only), and may be classified up to the SECRET level. Documents in the solicitation package that are marked with Distribution Statement D will be available on FBO to only those prospective offerors that are authorized to access export controlled documents. This level of access requires prospective offerors to hold a current certification through the Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Information Service’s Joint Certification Program (JCP). Additionally, classified materials will be distributed directly to only those prospective offerors that hold the appropriate facility security clearance level.

All prospective offerors seeking access to Distribution D or classified materials must first submit a completed Controlled Solicitation Materials Access Request form. The Government will use the information provided in the form to validate each prospective offeror’s JCP certification and clearance level. Upon successful validation, prospective offerors will be required to execute a terms of use agreement governing the authorized use and disposition of any controlled materials provided by the Government in connection with this procurement. Both a completed Controlled Solicitation Materials Access Request form and a fully executed terms of use agreement are required before the Government will grant access to any controlled solicitation materials. Prospective offerors may immediately submit a completed Controlled Solicitation Materials Access Request form to initiate the process of requesting access to controlled solicitation materials, prior to the release of the draft and final solicitation packages.

Draft Solicitation Available for Industry Review

The FFG(X) DD&C draft solicitation package is now available for download. Access to certain materials in the draft solicitation package requires prospective offerors to follow the instructions in the “Access to Controlled Solicitation Materials” section of this notice.

NAVSEA will accept industry feedback on the draft solicitation package through April 1, 2019. Submit UNCLASSIFIED responses using the Draft Solicitation Feedback Form provided with this notice. Submit completed forms via email to and Please include the name of your company and reference “FFG(X) Draft Solicitation Feedback” (without quotes) in the subject line of the message. Please contact the points of contact above for instructions on submitting CLASSIFIED responses. Questions or comments from industry may be subject to public release. NAVSEA will consider all feedback received, but cannot guarantee that specific suggestions or recommendations will be incorporated into the final solicitation. As the posted documents are currently in a draft status, the content of the final solicitation package is subject to change without notice. The draft solicitation package is provided for informational purposes only; NAVSEA will not accept proposals in response to the draft solicitation.

Update 3/11/2019: Certain directories under the Draft Attachment J-6 GFI package may contain corrupted files that cannot be opened. Corrected versions of those directories are posted under a new package entitled Draft Attachment J-6 GFI Corrected Files. Prospective offerors should download both packages to compile a full copy of the draft GFI package.

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