Lockheed Martin has received a contract from the US Navy to serve as the combat system ship integration and test agent for the future Guided Missile Frigate (FFG(X)) ship programme.

Valued at up to $125m, the contract will involve the overall integration of the combat system elements into the frigate ship design.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will also complete waterfront testing to validate the installation.

Scope includes integration engineering support, test planning, waterfront ship integration and testing, post-delivery engineering support.

Lockheed Martin Surface Navy Integration Systems programme director Chris Minster said: “The US Navy will experience substantial efficiency by utilising the existing processes, tools, and experience of the Lockheed Martin ship integration and test team.

“While minimising ship impact and cost, our ship integration and test team will enable the successful integration of the combat system elements into the future frigate ship design.”

The company is counting on its ship integration and test experience including Aegis Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to successfully deliver the contract.

Majority of the work will be performed at the selected FFG(X) shipbuilder location. The company will also deliver engineering services for ship integration.

Lockheed Martin will also deliver around 30% of work at its Rotary and Mission Systems plant in Moorestown, New Jersey.

The ten-year contract includes one base year of performance and nine option years. The contract work is expected to be completed in June 2025.

Last month, the navy issued a request for proposals (RfP) for the detail design and construction (DD&C) contract of the next-generation FFG(X) ships.

Vessels will be deployed to conduct air warfare, anti-submarine missions, surface and electronic warfare, as well as information operations.