The Navy announced on Friday the awarding of contracts to HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding and General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works to work on the design and engineering of the service’s next-generation guided-missile destroyer, also known as DDG. (X).
The award is for “Shipbuilder Engineering and Design Analysis to produce design products in support of the Preliminary Design and Contract Design of the Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG(X) ),” according to the July 22 Department of Defense contract announcement.
“The specific contract award amounts for these requirements are considered sensitive source selection information and will not be made public at this time,” the announcement reads.
The Senate and Navy are pushing for a team deal between Ingalls and BIW, which both build the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, to build DDG(X), USNI News reported this week.
“We are excited to continue on this path with our partners in the Navy and industry,” said Kari Wilkinson, President of Ingalls, in a HII press release. “This presents us with a tremendous opportunity to bring best practices and innovation from our experienced engineering team to the design of this important future surface combatant.”
The DDG(X) should succeed the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and the Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers.
“Bath Iron Works is eager to bring our industry-leading engineering and design expertise, now applied to the DDG 51 program, to the next generation of large-area combatants,” BIW President Chuck Krugh said in a statement. a company press release. “The opportunity to work alongside HII and our industry partners to meet the Navy’s capability, schedule and cost needs will result in synergies that build on other extremely successful construction of the Navy.”
Earlier this year, the Navy announced plans to use the Arleigh Burkes Flight III combat system and Zumwalt-class destroyer propulsion system for the future DDG(X). The service wants to deploy directed-energy and hypersonic weapons on the next-generation destroyer.
Friday’s contract announcement notes that the prizes were not awarded in a “full and open competition.”