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Bath Iron Works Awarded $39 Million for DDG 1000 Class Services — Press Release

BATH, Maine, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $38.9 million modification to a previously awarded contract to perform class and engineering services associated with the detail design and construction of DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class ships.

Bath Iron Works will continue to provide manufacturing support services such as engineering, design, production control, accuracy control and information technology. Other class-support efforts include program management, contract and financial management, procurement and configuration/data management. The original contract was awarded in September 2011. Work is expected to be completed by October 2013.

Jeff Geiger, president of Bath Iron Works, said, “With all three Zumwalt-class ships now under construction, this award demonstrates the Navy’s continued confidence in Bath Iron Works. The contract enables us to continue supporting the construction of DDG 1000-class ships and allows us to maintain the critical shipyard skills needed to efficiently produce them. Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is over 60 percent complete and we are leveraging what we’ve learned in building the lead ship to support our DDG 1001 and 1002 construction efforts. We remain focused on delivering high-quality, affordable Bath-built ships to the U.S. Navy.”

The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is the U.S. Navy’s next-generation, guided-missile naval destroyer, leading the way for a new generation of advanced multi-mission surface combat ships. The ships will feature a low radar profile, an integrated power system and a total ship computing environment infrastructure. Armed with an array of weapons, the Zumwalt-class destroyers will provide offensive, distributed and precision fires in support of forces ashore.

More information about General Dynamics Bath Iron Works can be found at www.gdbiw.com.

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Navy Orders Two More (And Last Two) Zumwalt Class Destroyers from General Dynamics

Last month it was reported that the U.S. Navy and General Dynamics (GD), owner of the Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine, were still negotiating the cost of the next two DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyers. In August a price had been worked out and this week the contract for the two ships was executed at an agreed on price of about $1.8 billion.

The Zumwalt was supposed to go into series production and become the standard destroyer for the Navy but due to escalating costs with the development and production the Navy decided to only build two and re-start the production line for the previous DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers. The Arleigh Burkes are built both at BIW and at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) yard in Mississippi.

The first DDG-1000 ship, the Admiral Zumwalt, is expected to be delivered in 2014. These two ships will be completed after 2015.

The Navy had decided to hold the class at two but Congress authorized the third one after the plans to end the program were announced.

The Zumwalt will integrate several pieces of new technology which is one of the reasons that the development costs grew from initial plans. This includes the new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) that will replace the current AN/SPY-1 that is part of the AEGIS Weapon System on current U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers as well as a hybrid-drive and stealth qualities. The plan is to add these systems to the DDG-51 new construction.

There are now reports that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is reviewing how the Navy did their cost analysis and the assumptions to come up with the new plan. There are also concerns that adding the AMDR and other systems to the Burkes may not be as easy as hoped. There are concerns that costs of doing all this may actually make the decision to not build more Zumwalts not necessarily as cost effective as thought.

There was a need to get this contract awarded as any delays would make it hard for BIW to have space available for the next production order of DDG-51 class ships making it hard for them to win that work. Without it the yard would have little construction available after completion of the three Zumwalts.

The award of this contract means that the timing should work out for BIW. There have been many concerns raised that the Navy is not ordering enough ships over the next few decades to support the current naval construction capability. This is one of the reasons that Northrop Grumman (NOC) spun off HII as a separate company. As the work on reducing the U.S. budget deficit continues this too may affect planned ship building programs.

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CSC Wins $110 Million U.S. Navy Task Order

March 10, 2011 by · Comment
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FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CSC announced today that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a task order to provide engineering and program support for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer Program Office (PMS 500).



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Work Continues on the Reduced DDG-1000 Program

Back at the turn of the century the U.S. Navy had major new ship programs underway to significantly modernize their fleet. These included a new aircraft carrier, CVX, a new cruiser, CGX, a new destroyer, DDG-21, and a small combatant, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Since then due to budget constraints, technology difficulties and the effects of the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan the program has seen major changes. The cruiser was cancelled and the new DDG has morphed into the DDG-1000 Zumwalt program with only three of the new ships planned. To make up for this the Navy has continued buying DDG-51 destroyers that originally went into service twenty years ago.

The Navy had originally split the program between Northrop Grumman (NOC) and General Dynamics (GD). The current plan is for all three to be built at GD’s Maine yard with support from Northrop. The construction of the first one is in process and it should be completed in the 2012-2013 time frame.

In support of this the company and Navy are awarding numerous sub-contracts for the ships. For example, FieldServer Technologies, part of Sierra Monitor Corporation, has received a contract to build, install and integrate an automated fire detection and suppression system. No value for the contract was given. Fire is a major threat to any ship and this advanced system will aid the smaller-by-design crew in fighting them.

The program has faced challenges controlling cost growth but now seems to be on a steady path. Unfortunately due to budget pressures and technical issues only three of the advanced ships will be purchased. Th future fleet will consist of DDG-51, the three Zumwalts and thirty of forty LCS until a new small combatant program can be started.

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Raytheon Receives $14 Million Ship Self Defense System Contract

July 12, 2010 by · Comment
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Raytheon Receives $14 Million Ship Self Defense System Contract
July 12, 2010

TEWKSBURY, Mass., - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $14.2 million contract to deliver the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS Mk 2) Open Architecture for four U.S. Navy ships and one land-based test facility.

SSDS is an open, distributed combat management system for aircraft carriers and expeditionary warfare ships. It is designed to expedite the detect-to-engage sequence to defend against anti-ship cruise missiles. SSDS links and automates stand-alone sensors and weapon systems to provide the required combat reaction. With its open and modular design, SSDS can be modified to support additional domestic and international combatants.

Under the contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will assemble, test and deliver upgraded hardware sets that will be integrated on board the Navy's amphibious assault ship LHA 7; aircraft carriers USS Truman (CVN 75) and USS Ford (CVN 78); the amphibious transport dock ship LPD 26; and the Naval Air Systems Command test facility.

"Raytheon's SSDS is the most sophisticated combat management system available, providing exceptional capabilities to ensure maximum protection for the ship and her crew," said Raytheon IDS' Dave Gray, director of Ship Defense Systems. "The system's open design and flexibility easily support upgrades to enhance and extend the ship's capabilities -- now and throughout the life of the ship."

This award follows a $7.5 million contract modification for platform system engineering agent services for SSDS. As PSEA, Raytheon integrates upgrades to existing combat systems on board amphibious ships and aircraft carriers.

Raytheon's SSDS Mk 2 has implemented an open architecture computing environment software that includes selected software components from the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure developed for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. The open architecture design adds a new level of flexibility and commercial standards to support the Navy's goal for open, modular and interoperable combat management systems for the fleet.

Work on SSDS is performed at Raytheon IDS' Expeditionary Warfare Center, San Diego, Calif., and at the Seapower Capability Center, Portsmouth, R.I.

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Bath Iron Works Awarded $105 Million for DDG 1001 and DDG 1002 Advanced Material Procurement and Support

Bath Iron Works Awarded $105 Million for DDG 1001 and DDG 1002 Advanced Material Procurement and Support
July 7, 2010

BATH, Maine, -The U. S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $105.4 million modification to a previously awarded contract for procurement of long-lead-time material and engineering, production and support services associated with the construction of DDG 1001, and for long-lead-time material procurement associated with DDG 1002. The original contract was awarded in February 2008. Work encompassed by this modification is expected to be completed by February 2011.

Jeff Geiger, president of Bath Iron Works, said, "We see this award as yet another expression of the Navy's confidence in our ability to efficiently construct and deliver all three ships of the Zumwalt class. We're making good progress building the lead ship, DDG 1000, building momentum as we ramp up our construction efforts. This award will allow us to maintain progress on our DDG 1001 start-up and initiate timely procurement of key long-lead material items to support the DDG 1002 construction schedule."

Bath Iron Works, a leader in surface combatant design and construction, employs approximately 5,700 people. Since 1991, BIW has manufactured and delivered 32-Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers, the most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world, to the U.S. Navy. Two additional ships are currently under construction for delivery in 2011. In addition, BIW is the lead designer and builder for the Navy's Zumwalt (DDG 1000) class program.

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Bath Iron Works Awarded $114 Million Contract for Advanced Procurement of Aegis Destroyer Long Lead Material

Bath Iron Works Awarded $114 Million Contract for Advanced Procurement of Aegis Destroyer Long Lead Material
March 1, 2010 1:05:15 PM

BATH, Maine, -- The U. S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a contract valued at up to $114 million to procure long lead material to support the anticipated construction of DDG 115 under the DDG 51 class destroyer program. Procurement efforts are expected to complete by December 2012.

Bath Iron Works president, Jeff Geiger, stated, "This award is the first step leading to continued construction of Aegis destroyers at BIW for many years to come. As the lead shipbuilder of the class, we have a track record of excellent performance in both procurement and construction activities across the 31 ships of this class we've built in the last two and a half decades. We're excited about the opportunity to continue that performance."

Bath Iron Works, a leader in surface combatant design and construction, employs approximately 5,600 people. Since 1991, BIW has manufactured and delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world, to the U.S. Navy. Three additional ships are currently under construction for delivery by 2011. In addition, BIW is the lead designer and builder for the Navy's DDG 1000 Zumwalt class program.

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