U.S. Navy looks to fill capability gaps in its small surface combatants, the service is taking a hard look at international weapons and systems to replace Oliver Hazard Perry ship and in the over-the-horizon missile competition.
Because the United States Navy wants to fill capacity gaps in their small surface areas, look at weapons and international systems.
Two great programs: the small horizontal surface rocket and horizontal for surface vessels, see the competition of international companies. Because the fleet wants to replace its Classic Oliver Hazard Perry with a new missile system under the FFG (X) program, several international designs have attracted attention to the Fleet.
The Italian FREMM, built by Fincantieri, is a serious contender of the FFG (X) fleet, analysts and internal users, and the Fridtjof Nansen frigate in Kongsberg, a Norwegian design, can also pay attention. The date of the Navy for the answers to your request for information sent in July was August 24, but no details have yet been published about who is in the game for the new class of shipping
In the over-the-horizon missile competition is Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile considered the only serious competitor after Lockheed Martin and Boeing both retired from the competition before the June deadline of proposals. Kongsberg worked with Raytheon in 2015 to sell the missile of the US Navy, as it tries to make its fields more deadly, giving a frame of time beyond the horizon, anti-surface missiles .
Armada of the Navy for the war of areas for years, Harpoon – Boeing missiles, but as the competitors began to lengthen, anti-surface missiles, the Navy began to settle down.
apparently recent opening of the Navy to foreign designs, especially in the world of maritime transport, it is likely that a by-product of the general decline in US naval construction, Jerry Hendrix, a former Navy officer, historian, and analyst at Center for a New America Security said.
“Due to the reduction of US naval construction, it sees more opportunities for foreign companies to invest in the US,” said Hendrix. “And downsizing is also part of the world of design.”
Both the American shipyards that operate on the coastal ship have foreign connections. Marinette Marine in Wisconsin is owned by Fincantieri, and Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, is owned by an Australian parent company. Both meters made significant investments in their facilities, and the processes that teach US trains, said Hendrix.
“Foreign companies and foreign designs have some things to contribute to the US naval industry,” he added.