HII gets combat systems availability contract for US Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer

American shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has revealed that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a contract from the US Navy to begin the combat systems availability for the Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).

During this availability, Ingalls will complete the installation, activation and testing of the combat systems to ensure a fully functional system is ready to operate in the Navy fleet, as part of the Navy’s phased delivery approach.

The $41.6 million cost-incentive-fee contract allows Ingalls to begin program management, labor, materials, and facilities to accomplish industrial efforts and fleet industrial efforts to support the ship’s combat system.

The DDG 1002 features modern electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and is equipped with “the most advanced warfighting technology and weaponry”, according to HII.

This ship will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing US Navy to evolve with new systems and missions.

USS Lyndon B. Johnson, the third and final US Navy Zumwalt-class destroyer, had its keel laid in Bath, Maine in 2017.

At 186 meters long and 24.5 meters wide, Zumwalt ships are the largest destroyers the US Navy has ever built.

Recently, the US Navy revealed that it has chosen HII to install the first hypersonic missiles on Zumwalt-class destroyers USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001).

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The lead ship in the class, USS Zumwalt joined the navy in Baltimore in 2016. The second vessel in the class, USS Michael Monsoor, was commissioned in 2019.