Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a $145m contract by the US Naval Sea Systems Command to support the management of design, construction, outfitting and testing of the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class warships, DDG 51.

The contract will see the company assist in ensuring current production and planned ships cost-effectively meet mission requirements.

Under the five-year contract, the Alion Team will provide expertise in ship production planning and engineering; systems engineering; combat systems test engineering; post delivery planning; engineering services; configuration and data management and logistics support.

"Alion has been a large contributor to the DDG 51 design and flight upgrade efforts since the programme’s inception."

Alion senior vice-president and group manager John Carty said: “With more than 60 active DDG 51 class ships and 14 more currently under contract, the DDG 51 class is an important part of the navy’s fleet strategy.

“Alion has been a large contributor to the DDG 51 design and flight upgrade efforts since the programme’s inception, and we are excited to continue supporting the team.”

Work under the contract will be carried out in Washington, DC; Bath, Maine; and Pascagoula, Mississippi, US.

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers are designed and developed to boost the navy’s warfighting capabilities in multi-threat air, surface and subsurface environments.

Equipped with Aegis Weapon System, the destroyers are capable of providing a comprehensive picture of the battleground to the warfighter as well as increase situational awareness.

The series of DDG 51-71 destroyers were constructed as Flight I ships, while the series of DDG 72-78 are Flight II ships. The series that begin with DDG 79 are designated as Flight IIA ships.

Currently, the navy has 14 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG 113-126) under contract for new construction. General Dynamics (GD) Bath Iron Works (BIW) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) have been contracted for the construction.

Image: USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly.