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Report: Lockheed Explores Propulsion Tech Options for Navy Guided-Missile Frigate Program

Report: Lockheed Explores Propulsion Tech Options for Navy Guided-Missile Frigate Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Report: Lockheed Explores Propulsion Tech Options for Navy Guided-Missile Frigate Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin looks to develop a new propulsion system that is different from the one used in littoral combat ships for the company’s guided-missile frigate offering to the U.S. Navy, Defense News reported Tuesday.

The report said Lockheed is examining combined diesel and gas or combined diesel and diesel engine designs in a bid to address the service’s FFG(X) speed requirements.

“We felt the more traditional approach to the suite, going with more of the “¦ port and starboard side, redundant type of propulsion trains, that familiarity would be well received by the Navy,“ Joe DePietro, vice president of small combatants and ship systems at Lockheed, told reporters during the 2018 Euronaval event.

The company builds the Freedom variant of LCS with a water-jet propulsion technology.

The Navy awarded FFG(X) concept development contracts in February to Lockheed, General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works subsidiary, Huntington Ingalls IndustriesAustal“˜s U.S. arm and Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

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