Northrop-Grumman Corporation has announced that the previous agreement with
Kockums AB and its parent company Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) has been
expanded aiming at revolutionary littoral warfare and other missions
capabilities for the US Coast Guard.
The new pact allows further sharing of composite shipbuilding technologies for
corvette-sized monohull ships. It also includes a new technology transfer
license agreement and cooperative work in the design and construction of the
lead ship demonstrator of Deepwater's Fast Response Cutter (FRC).
The FRC is a 150-ft (46 meters) long fast patrol boat intended as a replacement
for aging fleet of US Coast Guard Island-class boats.
The original agreement between Northrop-Grumman and Kockums, signed in October
2002, covers design, development, construction and sale of Visby-class corvettes
or derivative ships to the United States and allied nations through the US
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The FRC ship built in composites will be able to meet or exceed the US Coast
Guard requirements in terms of stealth, speed, modularity and survivability
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