The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a $59M contract for the continuation of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Lead Yard Services and Flight III Upgrade design efforts.
Services for engineering, technical support, special studies and Flight III design work for Arleigh Burke-class ships, has been extended through December 2017 with this contract award.
The Flight III upgrades include a more powerful missile defense radar, increased shipboard power production and hull enhancements. More than 200 highly skilled engineers, designers and planners work on this contract.
Since 1987, Bath Iron Works has provided design and technical assistance for design upgrades and major changes for DDG 51-class destroyers.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles.
(The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) launches Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets. Arleigh Burke is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Courtesy of the US Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, and YouTube)
It operates in support of carrier battle groups, surface action groups, amphibious groups and replenishment groups, providing a complete array of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface capabilities.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers combine the AEGIS combat system, the Vertical Launching System, an advanced ASW system, two embarked SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles.
Designed for survivability, the ships incorporate all-steel construction and gas turbine propulsion.
Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) builds some of the world’s most formidable ships. Since 1884, they have delivered more than 425 ships to the world’s naval and commercial fleets. Today, Bath Iron Works is building naval ships with the same dedication.
GDBIW is the lead designer and builder of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, one of the most technologically advanced and capable surface combatants ever built.
They are also one of the partners for the Zumwalt class, the Navy’s next-generation, multi-mission naval surface combatant.
Learn more about General Dynamics Bath Iron Works at www.gdbiw.com.