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05:23 AM, December 9, 2016
General Dynamics To Continue Providing Arleigh Burke-class Support Services For US Navy
File photo of Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has won a $59 million contract from US Navy for the continuation of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Lead Yard Services and Flight III Upgrade design efforts.

This contract extends the services for engineering, technical support, special studies and Flight III design work for Arleigh Burke-class ships through December 2017. The Flight III upgrades include more powerful missile defense radar, increased shipboard power production and hull enhancements, the company announced Thursday.

Since 1987, Bath Iron Works has provided design and technical assistance for design upgrades and major changes for DDG 51-class destroyers.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles.

It operates in support of carrier battle groups, surface action groups, amphibious groups and replenishment groups, providing a complete array of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface capabilities.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers combine the AEGIS combat system, the Vertical Launching System, an advanced ASW system, two embarked SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles.

Designed for survivability, the ships incorporate all-steel construction and gas turbine propulsion.

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