The US Navy has released the final request-for-proposal (RfP) for a multiyear procurement (MYP) contract related to the construction of the DDG 51 Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

The multi-year DDG 51 contract will be limited to competition between the two current DDG 51-class shipbuilding companies, General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works (BIW) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).

It is intended to ensure the continuation of the DDG 51-class shipbuilding programme, which has delivered 65 vessels to the US Navy to date.

“The navy has worked with our industry partners to develop the Flight III design to ensure each shipyard is well-positioned to execute this MYP.”

US Navy Acquisition, Research and Development assistant secretary James Geurts said: “This solicitation positions us to deliver lethal capacity to our fleet, while driving affordability.

“The navy has worked with our industry partners to develop the Flight III design to ensure each shipyard is well-positioned to execute this MYP.”

The destroyers are scheduled to be built between fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2022.

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Each of the new vessels will feature the same Flight III configuration as previous models, which integrates the air and missile defence radar AN / SPY6(V)1.

The radar will be deployed in order to address the navy’s requirement for an upgraded integrated air and missile defence capability.

The US Navy intends to award MYP contracts later this fiscal year following the receipt of appropriate approvals from Congress.

DDG 51-class guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants that can be deployed to carry out anti-air warfare (AAW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) missions.

The destroyers are slated to replace the US Navy’s Charles F. Adams-class (DDG 2) vessels and are capable of operating either independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and underway replenishment groups.