18 Oct 2017

Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)) Conceptual Design

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States

Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)) Conceptual Design

Department of the Navy

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

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Lawrence J. Gordin, Contracting Officer, Email lawrence.gordin@navy.mil – Kelli Bryan, Contract Specialist, Email kelli.bryan@navy.mil


Date Posted:


Contract Description:

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a full and open competitive solicitation in November 2017 for design development activities to address technical solutions for the Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)). The overall objective of this early industry involvement is to enable the Government to reduce FFG(X) risk by maturing industry designs to meet the FFG(X) capability. The Government intends to award multiple contracts resulting from this solicitation.

FFG(X) will provide Combatant and Fleet Commanders a uniquely suitable asset to achieve select sea control objectives and perform maritime security operations while facilitating access in all domains in support of strike group and aggregated fleet operations. In terms of the Navy’s Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO) Concept, the FFG(X) small surface combatant will expand blue force sensor and weapon influence to provide increased information to the overall fleet tactical picture while challenging adversary Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Tracking (ISR&T) efforts. The purpose of this type of ship is to: (1) fully support Combatant and Fleet Commanders during conflict by supplementing the fleet’s undersea and surface warfare capabilities, allow for independent operations in a contested environment, extend the fleet tactical grid, and host and control unmanned systems; and (2) relieve large surface combatants from stressing routine duties during operations other than war.

This platform will employ unmanned systems to penetrate and dwell in contested environments, operating at greater risk to gain sensor and weapons advantages over the adversary. FFG(X) will be capable of establishing a local sensor network using passive onboard sensors, embarked aircraft and elevated/tethered systems and unmanned vehicles to gather information and then act as a gateway to the fleet tactical grid using resilient communications systems and networks.

The competitive solicitation intended for release in November 2017 will provide for Conceptual Design (CD) in accordance with the Government developed FFG(X) System Specification. All technical requirements are defined in the System Specification and other Government Furnished Information (GFI) which will be provided as part of the solicitation. All future FFG(X) ship construction shall be conducted in a U.S. shipyard. In order to be eligible for CD, offerors must have a parent design from which to start. A parent design is defined as a design of a ship that has been through production and demonstrated (full scale) at sea. Offerors will only be allowed to submit one proposal as a prime contractor, and each prime contractor will only be eligible for a single award. However, offerors may be subcontractors under a prime in multiple proposals.

Potential offerors are advised that, in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 5230.24, certain FFG(X) technical data will be marked Distribution Statement D – Distribution authorized to DoD and U.S. DoD contractors only, and classified up to the SECRET level. Attachments to the solicitation which are marked Distribution Statement D will not be posted to the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website but will be made available according to instructions in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

All potential offerors seeking access to the Distribution D and classified attachments to the RFP must completely fill out the “RFP Classified and Distribution Controlled Material Request Form,” prior to receipt of said attachments via courier or FedEx.

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for contract award, the offeror must have a SECRET facility clearance by 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.

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 as a result of this synopsis. This is not 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 or any subsequent synopsis. The information contained herein is subject to modification and in no way binds the Government to award a contract.

If a solicitation is issued in the future, it will be announced via FedBizOpps at www.fbo.gov and interested parties must comply with that announcement.

All responsible sources may submit inquiries/questions for consideration. Inquiries/questions concerning this announcement may be e-mailed to Lawrence Gordin (lawrence.gordin@navy.mil) and Kelli Bryan (kelli.bryan@navy.mil). The Government does not commit to provide a response to any comment or question resulting from this synopsis.

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