Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $95.8m contract for the detail design of the US Navy's new DDG 1000 destroyer.

The contract runs through September 2007. When fully funded, the contract will total more than $300m through 2013.

According to Northrop Grumman, the ship's mission is to provide affordable, credible, independent forward presence/deterrence and to operate as an integral part of naval, joint or combined maritime forces.

DDG 1000 will provide advanced land attack capability in support of ground campaigns and will contribute naval, joint or combined battlespace dominance in littoral operations.

DDG 1000 technologies are in an advanced state of development and, according to Northrop Grumman, will influence ship design worldwide for the remainder of the century.

Work will be performed at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems' Pascagoula and Gulfport facilities.