USS Chung Hoon departing Pearl Harbor

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to provide dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) for the Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93).

Under the $37m not-to-exceed, firm-fixed-price contract, BAE will also provide maintenance and modernisation efforts for USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93).

The guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare combatants designed to operate independently for the support of carriers and expeditionary and surface strike groups.

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Equipped with the Raytheon AN/SLQ-32(V)3 to perform radar warning and jamming, the vessels are armed with 56 Raytheon Tomahawk cruise missiles, with a combination of land-attack (TLAM) missiles with a Tercom aided navigation system, and anti-ship missiles with inertial guidance.

Powered by four gas-turbine propulsion engines, the Arleigh Burke-class ships are fitted with six (two triple) 324mm mk32 mod 14 torpedo tubes, which launch ATK (AlliantTechsystems) mk46 or mk50 active / passive homing anti-submarine torpedoes.

"The vessels are integrated with decoys which include two Lockheed Martin Sippican SRBOC six-barrelled launchers."

The vessels are integrated with decoys which include two Lockheed Martin Sippican SRBOC six-barrelled launchers for chaff and infrared flares and the AN/SLQ-25A Nixie torpedo decoy system.

Additional features of the ships include Lockheed Martin SQQ-89(V)6, which includes Edo Corporation AN/SQS-53C bow-mounted active search and attack sonar and the AN/SQR-19B passive towed array.

Scheduled to be completed by August 2014, work under the contract will be conducted in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, US while the US, the US Naval Sea Systems Command will serve as the contracting activity.

Following completion of deployment to the Western Pacific, USS Chung Hoon returned to its homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in October 2013.

Image: USS Chung Hoon departs for western Pacific Ocean deployment. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.

Defence Technology