Northrop To Start Building Arliegh Burke Destroyers Again

by: Matthew Potter
December 3, 2009

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The Obama Administration restructured the new U.S. Navy destroyer program as part of their 2010 budget review. The DDG-1000 program will now end after only three ships and rather then having two sources only General Dynamics (GD) will build them. A new destroyer program will be developed. Since Northrop Grumman (NOC) lost the contract they had participating in DDG-1000 the Navy gave them another one to start making more DDG-51 class ships to fill the gap created by reducing the numbers of the DDG-1000. The first of these new ships, DDG-113, began construction with Northrop receiving a contract to begin purchasing long lead items.

The DDG-51 is an evolution of the AEGIS CG-47 class cruisers started in the Seventies. It is a general purpose ship and replaces many older destroyers and frigates and has been built in large numbers. The DDG-51 certainly can be modified to conduct missile defense missions as it has the same radar and missile suite as the CG-47 class ships. The DDG-1000 incorporated many of the same weapon systems but was of stealth design and had modern propulsion and data systems.

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