20:29 31.03.2016(updated 21:50 31.03.2016)
According to General Dynamics, US Navy has awarded funding for another destroyer in the $3.4 billion five-ship contract capable of carrying the Aegis missile defense system.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Navy has awarded funding for another destroyer in the $3.4 billion five-ship contract capable of carrying the Aegis missile defense system, General Dynamics said in a press release on Thursday.
“The $644.3 million contract modification fully funds this ship, which was awarded as part of a multi-year competition for DDG 51 class destroyers,” press release stated. “The total value of the five-ship contract is approximately $3.4 billion.”
There are currently four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in production — Rafael Peralta, Thomas Hudner, Daniel Inouye and Carl Levin, the release noted.
The release described the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer as “a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles.”
The destroyers carry a complete array of anti-submarine capabilities; the AEGIS combat system that tracks and destroys enemy targets; a vertical launching system; two SH-60 helicopters; advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles, the release noted.
Destroyers operate in support of carrier battle groups, surface action groups and amphibious groups, according to General Dynamics.
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Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) – Image public domain
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW). The destroyer’s armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) of the DDG 51 class, and the Advanced Vertical Launch System (AVLS) the DDG 1000 class. Source navy.mil
DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class: Details
Guided missile destroyers are multi-mission Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW)] surface combatants. The destroyer’s armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).
Technological advances have improved the capability of modern destroyers culminating in the Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class replacing the older Charles F. Adams and Farragut class guided missile destroyers. Like the larger Ticonderoga-class cruisers, DDG 51’s combat capability centers around the Aegis Weapon System (AWS). AWS is composed of the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar, advanced AAW and ASW systems, VLS, and the Tomahawk Weapon System. These advances allow the Arleigh Burke-class to continue the revolution at sea.
The Arleigh Burke class employs all-steel construction and is comprised of three separate variants or “Flights”: DDG 51-71 represent the original design and are designated Flight I ships; DDG 72-78 are Flight II ships; DDG 79 and Follow ships are built or are being built to the Flight IIA design. The Flight III baseline is planned for the second ship in FY16. Source military.com
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There are four main Burke variants, or Flights: Flight I (DDG-51 to DDG-71), Flight II (DDG-72 to DDG-78), Flight IIA (DDG-79 to DDG-123), and Flight III (DDG-124+). Differences between the flights will be explained throughout the article. Also, note that the first Flight III ships have not yet been commissioned and thus the body of open source information on Flight III is small relative to the other flights. As of 7/30/2017, DDG-115 is the newest Burke-class destroyer to be commissioned.
A subset of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers have been upgraded with ballistic missile defense capabilities, a modification known as Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (Aegis BMD). All Flight I and Flight II ships have been retrofitted with Aegis BMD, in addition to Flight IIA ships DDG-113 and onward, which are built with Aegis BMD as standard. The remainder of the Flight IIA ships will receive Aegis BMD in the future. Read this WhiteFleet.net article for an in-depth look at American ballistic missile defenses, including Aegis BMD. Source whitefleet.net
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Arleigh Burke (DDG 51 – Flight I)
Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA)
DDG 51 Class Features
- AEGIS Weapons System (AWS) including SPY-1 Radar, 96 cell MK 41 VLS, MK 99 Fire Control System
- AN/SQQ-89 Sonar
- MK 45 5″ Gun for ASuW, AAW), and land attack (NSFS) targets
- 25mm CIWS and MK 38 self-defense guns
- SLQ-32 or SEWIP Electronics warfare system
- Helo landing capability (DDG 51-78); Dual Hangars for organic Helo support (DDG 79 and follow)
- Four Gas Turbine Engines driving twin controllable propellers
- Three SSGTG (Ship Service Gas Turbine Generators)
- Robust, redundant, and survivable design with low signature requirements
USS Higgins – U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS CRAIG Z. RODARTE.
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