Lockheed Bails On The Navy’s New Frigate Program, But Will Supply Systems To Whoever Wins (Updated)

In a major development for the U.S. Navy’s future frigate program, or FFG(X), Lockheed Martin has decided that it will not to submit a bid after reportedly having difficulty meeting the service’s latest requirements. The company will continue to be a part of the competition as a member of the team working with Italy’s Fincantieri Marine Group, which is proposing a design based on its Fregata Europea Multi-Missione (FREMM), or European Multi-Mission Frigate. The American defense giant is also in line to provide a number of systems for any winning ship design, including its COMBATSS-21 battle management system, which is derived from the Aegis combat system.