Washington-The U.S. Navy’s light amphibious battleship program is on track for the start of construction in 2022, even though it is not included in the 2022 budget-requested shipbuilding program, Navy officials said in defense news. Told to.
Navy and Marine Corps leaders previously told reporters The LAW program was progressing rapidly: The program has already undergone industry research with about 10 teams, and the service has been narrowed down to 3 teams to create a complete design by the end of 2010, into one team for detailed design and construction contracts. I plan to narrow it down.
Nevertheless, the Fiscal Year 22 budget request requires $ 13.2 million for research, development, testing, and valuation budgets, rather than ship procurement accounts.
“The Navy has requested RDTEN for $ 13.2 million to complete preliminary design work and continue its investigation to finalize LAW staffing and infrastructure requirements in the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Lead Vessels. Notably, the FY21 funding helped award the concept study / preliminary design contract and the necessary acquisition, logistics, and test documentation, “said a Navy spokesman. Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Turo told Defense News.
The Navy said funding continued to support the expedited timeline that the leader had previously outlined, with no delays in the program.
“The Navy is actively developing requirements and acquisition strategies to begin procuring and delivering lightweight amphibious warships (LAWs), and while continuing to review budget resource allocation, the LAW concept in the summer of 2021. We will award a research / preliminary design contract. The Navy is still planning a detailed design and construction award in late 2022, “said Turo.
In December 2020, the retiring Trump administration announced a long-term shipbuilding plan, including the purchase of one law in 2010. When the Biden administration released its own budget request material on May 28, the 2010 shipbuilding plan did not include LAW, but the Navy began purchasing the program solely with R & D budget line funding. It says it can be done.
Specifically, the R & D budget line is a medium-sized landing vessel that enables distributed maneuvers and logistics such as “Distributed Marine Operations (DMO), Coastal Operations in a Competitive Environment (LOCE), and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO). Of the newly established Marine Corps Regiment (MLR) to support the Navy. It is designed to bridge the capacity gap between the Navy’s large multipurpose amphibious “L” class ships and small landing ships. The ship deploys customized logistics and chooses power projection and attack capabilities. “
In a related “Ship Concept Advanced Design” fund, the Navy is demanding as much as $ 27.8 million for next-generation logistics ships.
“The Next Generation Logistics Ship (NGLS) will be a new class of vessels that will enhance the vessels of the current combat logistics army by using the design of commercial vessels tuned for military applications to carry out logistics missions. NGLS will enable the refueling, re-arming, and resupply of naval assets at sea and on land to support decentralized maritime operations, coastal operational competitive environments, and expeditionary altitude base operations. NGLS is expected to be smaller than the existing vessels of the combat rear support unit, operate near competing environments, and maintain the requirements of water (water combat group) and land (expedition altitude base). May be a commercial-designed vessel (Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) and / or Fast Supply Vessel (FSV)) designed for military use. RDT & E funding is a requirement trade-off study, indicators and We will continue to support the development of designs, the development of specifications, and the experimentation and proof-of-concept of chartered logistics vessels focused on refueling, refueling, and re-arming logistics missions. “
It is also demanding $ 16.4 million for future submarine bids.
“The submarine tender bidding approach leverages current submarine capabilities, nuclear support facilities and is new [Virginia-class attack submarine] And [Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines] Features for requirements generation and shipbuilding contracts. The identified missions include submarine tending, re-arming, material resupply, medical / dental, nuclear assistance, submarine system repair and other maintenance assistance. Funding provides information on requirements definition, preliminary design of early industry involvement, trade research, and follow-up assessment of subtenders. “
The Navy had previously invested approximately $ 19 million in similar advanced design funding for the Common Hull Assistance Multitasking Platform (CHAMP) program, but in fiscal year 22 the Navy did not request funding from CHAMP. CHAMP was supposed to be a pair of ship designs that could cover five auxiliary missions. One of them is a submarine tender.
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/defense-news/home/~3/HORllNNNr4g/ The U.S. Navy’s light amphibious ship is on track to win a contract in 2010 through the R & D fund.