General Dynamics receives US Navy’s Aegis illuminators contract

30 July 2013 (Last Updated July 30th, 2013 18:30)

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a contract from the US Navy for the production of Mk82 gun, guided-missile directors and Mk 200 director controllers in support of six Aegis weapon system ship sets.

USS Arleigh Burke

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a contract from the US Navy for the production of Mk82 gun, guided-missile directors and Mk 200 director controllers in support of six Aegis weapon system ship sets.

Under the $32.6m firm fixed-price multi-year contract, General Dynamics will deliver the Mk82 guided-missile directors and Mk200 director controllers in support of the DDG 51 shipbuilding programme.

As critical components of the Aegis system's illuminator, the directors and director controllers will be installed on ships that are being built under the DDG 51 shipbuilding programme, beginning with the DDG 17 vessel.

Armament Systems president and general manager Steve Elgin said the contract will extend General Dynamics' critical Aegis components production over the next five years.

"The Aegis weapon system provides the navy with cutting-edge technology that will remain viable for decades to come," Elgin said.

"The Aegis weapon system provides the navy with cutting-edge technology that will remain viable for decades to come."

To illuminate the target, the Mk82 directors position the fire control system antenna and while the drive signals that position, the director is generated by the Mk 200 director controller.

The surface-to-air integrated weapons platform, Aegis weapon system, has been designed to defend against airborne threats and is also used by the navy as a tactical radar defence and fire-control system.

DDG 51-class multi-mission guided missile destroyers are being built to provide the US Navy with an array of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface capabilities and support carrier battle, surface action, amphibious and replenishment groups.

Scheduled to be completed by August 2018, work under the contract will be performed in Williston, Vermont, US.

The US Naval Sea Systems Command will serve as the contracting activity.


Image: USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) at sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.

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