The US Navy has awarded General Dynamics (GD) a contract modification worth $644m to plan the construction of Arleigh Burke-class destroyer DDG 124.
The recent award is a part of a previously awarded five-ship contract for DDG 51 class destroyers in 2013, worth approximately $3.4bn.
GD Bath Iron Works president Fred Harris said: "This funding will allow us to continue our efforts associated with planning and construction of DDG 124.
"The men and women of Bath Iron Works are working hard to continuously improve our processes as we contribute to the US Navy’s important shipbuilding programmes."
The US Navy has christened the DDG 124 destroyer as Harvey Barnum, Jr, after a retired US Marine Corps officer.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers feature an all-steel construction, with vital areas protected by two layers of steel and 70t of Kevlar armour to ensure survivability, and are propelled by gas turbine.
The multi-mission combat vessel is equipped with the Aegis the vertical launching system, an advanced ASW system, two embarked SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles, and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles.
GD’s Bath Iron Works is currently working on four DDG 51 destroyers; Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M Levin (DDG 120).
Last year, GD laid the keel of DDG 116 destroyer Thomas Hudner, which is the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.
Image: The guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly.