The U.S. Navy announced that General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, was awarded a contract to continue providing planning yard services for DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.
The contract is valued at $126 million for the first year with four option years which, if exercised and fully funded by the Navy, would bring the total value of the contract to $719 million.
Planning yard services include design, material kitting, logistics, planning and execution. The majority of the Planning Yard services work will be performed in Maine.
Arleigh Burke (DDG 51 class) class destroyers are highly-capable, multi-mission ships that conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence to national security.
These DDGs provide a wide range of warfighting capabilities in multi-threat air, surface, and subsurface environments. The ship’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense radar will provide increased computing power and radar upgrades that improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats, as well as ballistic missile defense.
The Aegis Combat System will enable the ship to link radars with other ships and aircraft to provide a composite picture of the battle space, and effectively increase the theater space. New ships in this class have anti-ballistic missile capabilities as well. The DDG’s all-steel construction provides a survivable platform.
Bath Iron Works also currently manages post-delivery maintenance and modernization activities for DDG 1000-class ships and LCS-class ships.