US Navy light amphibious warship on track for FY22 contract award with R&D funds
WASHINGTON – The US Navy’s light amphibious warship program is still on track for a construction start for fiscal 2022, although the program does not appear in the shipbuilding plan in the request for FY22 budget, Navy officials told Defense News.
Navy and Marine Corps leaders previously told reporters that the LAW program is moving quickly: the program is already in industrial studies with around 10 teams, and the service intends to narrow the selection to three teams for produce a full design, then to a team for a detailed design and build contract by the end of fiscal 22.
Still, the FY22 budget request asks for $ 13.2 million in the research, development, test and evaluation budget, rather than money in its vessel supply account.
“The Navy has requested $ 13.2 million in RDTEN to complete preliminary design efforts and continue studies to finalize LAW staffing and infrastructure requirements to support the development of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the main ship. It should be noted that FY21 funding supported the award of the concept study / preliminary design contract and the development of the required procurement, logistics and test documentation, ”said the door. -Navy speech, Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Turo told Defense News.
The Navy said this funding will still support the swift schedule leaders previously described and that there was no delay in the program.
“The Navy is aggressively developing the procurement requirements and strategy to begin the supply and delivery of the Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) and is on track to award the Concept / Preliminary Design Study Contract of LAW in the summer of 2021 while continuing to examine the allocation of budgetary resources. The Navy still anticipates the detailed design and construction price for the end of 2022, ”Turo said.
In December 2020, the outgoing Trump administration released a long-term shipbuilding plan that included the purchase of an LOI in fiscal year 22. When the Biden administration released its own budget request documents on May 28, it did not include the ACT in its shipbuilding plans for FY22 – although the Navy says it can start purchasing the program with only funds from the R&D budget line.
More specifically, the R&D budget line provides for “a mid-size landing vessel that enables distributed maneuver and logistics such as distributed maritime operations (DMO), coastal operations in a contested environment (LOCE) and advanced basic operations Expeditionaries (EABO) in support of the New Marine Coast Regiment (MLR). It is designed to bridge the capacity gap between the Navy’s large multipurpose “L”-class amphibious warships and small landing craft. This ship will deploy tailor-made logistics, select power projection and strike capabilities. “
In the related “Ship Concept Advanced Design” funds, the Navy is also requesting $ 27.8 million for its next-generation logistics vessel.
“The Next Generation Logistics Ship (NGLS) is expected to be a new class of ships to complement current Combat Logistics Force ships, through the use of commercial ship designs suitable for military applications to conduct logistics missions. The NGLS will enable the resupply, rearmament and resupply of naval assets – afloat and ashore – in support of distributed maritime operations, coastal operations in a contested environment and forward expeditionary base operations. The NGLS is expected to be smaller than existing Combat Logistics Force ships and will operate in close proximity to contested environments, meeting requirements afloat (Surface Action Group) and ashore (Expeditionary Advanced Base). NGLS is potentially a family of vessels (a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) and / or Fast Supply Vessel (FSV)) with commercial designs suitable for military applications. RDT & E funding will continue to support trade-off studies on requirements, development of indicative designs, development of specifications and testing of a chartered logistics vessel and validation of concepts focused on logistics missions of bunkering, resupply and rearmament.
He is also asking for $ 16.4 million for a future submarine tender.
“The submarine bidding approach takes advantage of current submarine bidding capabilities, nuclear support facility, by integrating new [Virginia-class attack submarine] and [Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines] capabilities in requirement generation and shipbuilding contracts. Identified missions include: submarine maintenance, rearmament, materiel resupply, medical / dental care, nuclear support, repair of submarine systems and other maintenance services. The funding will inform the definition of requirements, preliminary designs for early industry engagement, business studies and follow-up assessment for subcontracting.
The Navy had previously contributed about $ 19 million in similar advanced design funds for a common hull auxiliary multi-mission platform (CHAMP) program, but the Navy did not request any funds for CHAMP during the l Exercise 22. CHAMP was envisioned as possibly a pair of ship designs that could cover five ancillary missions – one of which was a submarine tender.