Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a $26.3m contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC.

The contract will allow the company to exercise options for Machinery Control System (MCS) production shipsets to support both the DDG 51 modernization program and DDG 51 new construction.

Under the contract terms, work will be carried out in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by November 2026.

The MCS production shipsets enable the integration of critical shipboard systems, such as propulsion, electrical power generation, and auxiliary machinery, to operate more efficiently and effectively.

By leveraging advanced technologies and system engineering expertise, Lockheed Martin will deliver these shipsets to the Navy to support its ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance its DDG 51 guided missile destroyers fleet.

Lockheed Martin has a long history of delivering advanced systems and technologies to support the US Navy’s mission-critical operations.

With this latest contract award, the company will continue to play a vital role in the modernization and enhancement of the Navy’s fleet, ensuring it remains the most capable and effective naval force globally.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) began fabricating US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided-missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas in 2018. It was the first ship named after the US Marine Corps marine captain Jack H. Lucas; DDG 125 was the first ‘Flight III’ vessel in the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers fleet.

HII launched the US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Jack H Lucas in 2021. The DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers can be deployed to perform various operations, including peacetime missions, crisis management, sea control and power projection.

Lockheed Martin recorded $15.1bn in sales in Q1 amidst growing threats. The global aerospace and defence company reported strong Q1 2023 results with a segment operating profit of $1.7bn, representing a 16% growth from Q1 2022.