General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) has received a USD 73.9 million worth DDG 51 and FFG 7 contract.
Within the contract, GDBIW will provide expert design, planning, and material support services for both maintenance and modernization of the said class of ships.
Design of USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class ships includes what is now better known as stealth technology, which improves the ship’s ability to evade anti-ship missiles.
The vessels also integrate a slightly downgraded version of the Aegis combat system, allowing the launching, tracking, and evading missiles simultaneously.
FFG-7 class warships were designed in the United States in the mid-1970s as general-purpose escort vessels inexpensive enough to be bought in large quantities to replace the World War II-era destroyers and 1960s-era Knox class frigates.
Former U.S. Navy warships of this class have been sold or donated to the navies of Bahrain, Egypt, Poland, Pakistan, and Turkey.
GDBIW is going to perform the work in Bath, Maine, with expected completion by December 2016.
Naval Today Staff, December 04, 2013; Image: Wikimedia