GD to construct additional DDG 116 destroyer for US Navy

29 February 2012 (Last Updated February 29th, 2012 04:30)

General Dynamics (GD) has received a $663m modification contract from the US Navy for the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, DDG 116.

Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer

General Dynamics (GD) has received a $663m modification contract from the US Navy for the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, DDG 116.

Apart from building, the company will also provide associated engineering change proposals and design budgeting requirements for the DDG 116 destroyer.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers feature the Aegis combat system and SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar and are designed to carry out peacetime operations, crisis management and sea control activities to enhance US naval capabilities.

Powered by four gas-turbine propulsion plants, the 509ft-long destroyers have a displacement capacity of 9,500t, can cruise at a speed of 30kts and are equipped with advanced sensors, as well as weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats.

DDG 51-class multi-mission guided missile destroyers provide an array of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface capabilities and support carrier battle, surface action, amphibious and replenishment groups.

Designed for survivability, the frigate features a vertical launching system, an advanced anti-submarine warfare system, two embarked SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles.

The destroyer will be capable of conducting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will be equipped with offensive and defensive weapons to support maritime warfare.

The ships can also be used to perform a variety of operations, including fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, peacetime presence and crisis management, sea control and power projection.

The Navy's third Arleigh Burke-class ship is currently under construction while the latest modification contract is for the fourth destroyer.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by August 2018.

Image: The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is designed to carry out peacetime operations, crisis management and sea control activities.