Up to $32.9M to Support Norway’s Nansen Frigates

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F310, Gulf of Aden(click to view full) In December 2011, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors in Moorestown, NJ received a $19.8 million cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-fee contract to support Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen frigates to July 2014. Exercising all of the contract’s options could bring its value to $32.9 million. The 5-ship Fridtjof Nansen Class (F310 – F314) is a 5,290t Navantia design, which uses the smaller AN/SPY-1F radar in place of the AN/SPY-1D that equips other Aegis ships like Spain’s F100s. That’s partly because Norway’s Aegis frigates are specialized for anti-submarine warfare. Even so, their 8-cell/ 32 ESSM missile pack will give them good anti-air defenses, Naval Strike Missiles on-board will offer ship/surface strike options, and specialized facilities offer medical and special forces capabilities. Both their capabilities and their state of manufacture have attracted controversy, but the question now is one of maintenance and service. Under this contract… Lockheed Martin MS2 will perform Aegis Weapon System software & configuration development to Norway’s next capability baseline. They’ll also offer a limited in-service support program that includes technical support services, supportability engineering, logistics repair & spares support for standard and Norway-unique parts, diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages support, and program management. Work […]

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