Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has received a contract for the next-generation guided-missile destroyer (DDG(X)) programme.

Awarded by the US Navy, the cost-plus-incentive-fee contract involves the design and engineering of the DDG(X).

The US Navy’s DDG(X) will be the next-generation large surface combatant.

It is being designed by a collaborative team comprising of the US Navy and its industry partners, including both large surface combatant shipbuilders.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Kari Wilkinson said: “We are excited to continue on this path with our navy and industry partners.

“It provides us a tremendous opportunity to bring best practices and innovation from our experienced engineering team to the design of this important future surface combatant.”

Established in 2021, the DDG(X) programme is managed by Programme Executive Office Ships’ programme office PMS 460.

PMS 460 is responsible for handing the planning, design, technology development, systems selection and construction planning of the DDG(X) ships.

The procurement of first DDG(X) is expected to take place in fiscal year 2028.

This next-generation warship programme follows the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer programme, which has been in production for over 30 years.

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding is also a major contractor and shipbuilding partner for the DDG 51 programme. It has delivered around 33 destroyers to the US Navy, while five are under construction.

The DDG 51 are multi-mission vessels, capable of carrying out a wide range of maritime operations including crisis management, power projection, sea control and peacetime presence.

Earlier in March, Leidos’ subsidiary Gibbs & Cox secured a contract to provide DDG(X) design engineering services to the US Navy.