HII to construct six Arleigh Burke-class destroyers for US Navy

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a fixed-price incentive, multi-year procurement contract for the construction of six Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG 51) for the U.S. Navy.

The contract includes options for additional DDG 51 ships and for engineering, design and post-delivery efforts.

Due to potential competitions for the option ships, the cumulative dollar value of the multi-year contract has not be disclosed at this time.

Noteworthy, Ingalls has delivered 35 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the U.S. Navy including the first Flight III, Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), in June of this year.

The DDG 125 includes the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and the Aegis Baseline 10Combat System that is required to keep pace with the threats well into the 21st century.

In addition, Ingalls Shipbuilding has four Flight IIIs currently under construction including Ted Stevens (DDG 128), which is set to be christened this month.

Additionally, Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129), George M. Neal (DDG 131) and Sam Nunn (DDG 133) are also under construction at Ingalls.

Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers (DDG 51) 

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States military strategy.

These destroyers incorporate a number of design modifications that collectively provide significantly enhanced capability.

Further, these destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.

Besides, these guided missile destroyers are the backbone of the U.S. surface fleet and are capable of fighting multiple air, surface and subsurface threats simultaneously.

General Specifications

A DDG is 509 feet long with a 66-foot beam.

It weighs 9,300 tons and takes approximately four years to build.

Further, DDG class ships provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities and can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and underway replenishment groups.

They have a crew of more than 350 sailors.

A DDG Aegis guided missile destroyer is equipped with:

  • 2 MK 41 vertical launching systems
  • 1 5-inch gun turret
  • 2 MK 32 triple-barrel torpedo mounts
  • Advanced radar and sonar systems that allow it to engage targets in the air, on the sea and underwater.
  • Four gas turbine engines that can reach a maximum speed of more than 30 knot.

About HII

HII is a global, all-domain defense provider.

The company’s mission is to deliver the world’s most powerful ships and all-domain solutions in service of the nation, creating the advantage for our customers to protect peace and freedom around the world.

As the nation’s largest military shipbuilder, and with a more than 135-year history of advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities extending from ships to unmanned systems, cyber, ISR, AI/ML and synthetic training.

Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s workforce is 43,000 strong. 

Source: https://hii.com/what-we-do/capabilities/guided-missile-destroyers/arleigh-burke-class/