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The US Navy copies sleek Italian designs for its new warships.

If you think of the new Navy turret warships currently deployed on high seas by European countries, there is a good reason. It was based on the Frigata Europa Multi-Mission (FREMM) family of Italian shipbuilders Fincanteri, which built ships for Italy and France.

The Navy, which has burned in the past, is reluctant to recreate – or even redesign – the wheel.

When it first introduced the new agreement, the Navy asked bidders to consider adapting the existing design for the program – known as FFG (X) – and in April 2020 the U.S. A کمپنی 5.5 billion contract was awarded to the subsidiary Fincante Marine Marine. Lead and nine additional ships.

The first ship will be the USS Bridge. This whole point points to a sea change from the Navy’s disturbing Literary Combat program, a very different concept for a small-scale fighter who was considered important for the Navy’s evolutionary mission but which has increased in cost over the years. And has mechanical problems.

“There are always challenges when you build a first-class ship, but we started with a great parent design – FREMM – known internationally as a reliable, versatile and operational proven warship. ۔ ” The group said in a statement.

The constellation is capable of performing a number of missions, including carrying enemy aircraft, ships and submarines with electromagnetic warfare. Unlike LCS, the new frigates will be able to operate near both the coast and the deep sea.

The new frigates, called the FFG62, however, are not exactly copies of the FREM design. For larger generators and future growth, the hill has been extended to about 23 feet. The command’s design was modified to remove the sonar dome for stability, and the propeller was replaced because naval officials said “better sound performance.”

Retired Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery, who commanded the USS George Washington Career Strike Group during his 32-year naval career, said authorities were clearly considering the headaches from the LCS program when they imagined. How will their new frigates be built?

Admit Montgomery, senior director of the Center on Cyber ​​and Tech Innovations at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington, said it was a way to bring multi-mission capable fighters into the Navy and at the right speed. , DC “It can easily buy 20 to 40 ships over time.”

Alexander Wolley, a former Royal Navy officer and analyst, said US Navy officials hoped the modern LCS design would theoretically result in a “Swiss Army knife-style vessel”.

Instead, real-world products “manage to link firepower shortages to serious defense vulnerabilities and routine mechanical failures,” Mr. Wally wrote in a new analysis for ForeignPolicy.com.

“Two key systems for combating landmines and submarines have never been activated,” he noted. LCS costs doubled during construction, the original Class 52 size was reduced to 35, and the Navy is retiring the lead after only a dozen years of service.

Admit Montgomery said he was encouraged by plans to add frigates to the navy. But, he warned, naval officials would need to avoid a “mission creep”.

“They will have to quench their hunger for further editing and not make last-minute changes,” he said. “It will take the price away. They need to close it.”

Smaller warships were conceived as fast warships that could operate in close coastal environments and perform a variety of missions, from anti-submarine warfare to mine sweeping. But the idea was eventually deemed impractical when the Navy tried to scrap it after spending millions.

The Navy had already canceled two LCS versions, USS Independence and USS Freedom’s lead last month, after nearly a decade of service. Officials said the commission’s ceremonies were held with caution – only former staff were invited – due to the concerns of the coveted 19.

The LCS program was to radically change the Navy’s approach to shipbuilding. The constellation frigate is a return to the principles of the Navy’s acquisition program.

“One thing we do know is that we need this kind of superficial fighter. The choice of design, based on LCS experience, clearly shows some risk reduction.” Montgomery said. “I think it was a deliberate attempt to succeed.”

Adam Michael Gulde, head of naval operations, said the ship’s turret class would be an example of how the navy destroys its next class.

Adam Gulde said at this year’s Surface Navy Association Convention, “I can’t stand anything for the (Bridge Class Frigate Program) but I’m coming out of a world-class production line that makes a ship that But we can count on it. ” Defense News “should have world-class efforts to deliver on time, on budget, with the right capacity. [and] With the right skills that we need. ”

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