We were talking about last weekend : the design of the Italian FREMM was in an excellent position to win the FFG / X call for tenders from the US Navy, initially scheduled to be completed at the end of the year. It is now done! The US Navy has announced that it has selected the proposal of Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), whose shipyard is established in Wisconsin, to manufacture the first ten FFG / X.
As we mentioned in our last article, the selection of Fincantieri Marinette Marine was justified by many factors. From a political point of view, it seemed vital to maintain a shipbuilding activity in Marinette, Wisconsin. Unlike other American shipyards, located in fairly economically dynamic regions on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the Marinette shipyard is located in the north of the country, in the Great Lakes region particularly affected by the economic crisis of 2008.
In addition, Wisconsin is considered a key state for the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for November this year. In addition to Fincantieri's proposal, which bought the Marinette shipyard in 2009, Lockheed Martin could also have offered itself as a natural candidate for the FFG/X program by offering a frigate derived from its Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, also built at Marinette. However, the American manufacturer preferred to withdraw from the competition to focus on other programs, including the combat system of the future FFG/X.
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