GDBIW Secures Four Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyers
U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) a $2,843,385,450 fixed-price incentive firm target (FPIF) contract for the design and construction of four DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, one to be delivered in FY 2013 and one each in FY 2015-2017.
This award also includes a contract option for a fifth ship.
The destroyers are being procured in a Flight IIA configuration, relying on a stable and mature infrastructure while increasing the ship’s air and missile defense capabilities through spiral upgrades to the weapons and sensor suites. The Navy plans to introduce the first DDG 51 Flight III on the second ship in FY 2016.
Once Flight III requirements are approved, the new baseline will be implemented as an engineering change proposal. It is anticipated that the Flight III design will replace the Aegis AN/SPY-1D radar with the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and provide for more electrical power and cooling capacity, providing the next generation of integrated air and missile defense and joint battle space awareness.
Press Release, June 4, 2013