US Navy Awards DDG 51-Class Contract to Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors has been awarded a $20,000,000 modification to a previously awarded contract for integration, installation, and testing of the Aegis combat Systems on DDG 51-class ships.

Through this contract, Lockheed Martin will provide planning, technical data package development, test procedure development, test engineering, installation engineering, and combat system test engineering.

US Navy furnished Material support, special studies, and future-ship integration studies.

The DDG 51 class ship is a multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to operate independently, or as units of Carrier Strike Groups (CSG), Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESG), and Missile Defense Action Groups. DDG 51 class destroyers operate in multi-threat air, surface and subsurface threat environments.

These ships provide outstanding combat capability and survivability characteristics while considering procurement and lifetime support costs. They feature extraordinary sea keeping and low observability characteristics.

Like most modern U.S. Navy surface combatants, DDG 51 utilizes gas turbine propulsion. Employing four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines to produce 100,000 total shaft horsepower via a dual shaft design, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable of achieving 30 plus knot speeds in open seas.

The work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J; Bath, Maine; Pascagoula, Miss; San Diego; Washington, D.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Port Hueneme, Calif.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

Lockheed Martin is going to complete the contracted work by September 2012.

Naval Today Staff , March 19, 2012;