The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract to support the future aircraft carrier program, CVN 21. Northrop Grumman’s Newport News sector will act as prime contractor for the award.
The $107.6 million contract allows the company to continue pre-system development and design efforts for CVN 21.
Work performed under the contract includes research and design development efforts as well as pre-system development and design in support of ship construction with delivery planned for 2014.
This contract is a modification to a previous contract, bringing the total value of the contract to $303.5 million.
Construction on the first new generation carrier is slated to begin in 2007.
Innovations for the next-generation aircraft carrier include a new nuclear propulsion plant that will require fewer operators
Similarly, ‘smart sensors’ will assist in reducing personnel requirements by automating damage control functions such as detecting fire and flooding.
A redesigned propulsion plant will afford the CVN 21 a more efficient and powerful electrical distribution system that will support the replacement of high maintenance steam systems with electrical auxiliaries.
Flight deck redesign and a transition to an advanced aircraft recovery system (AARS) will reduce crew workload, enhance safety and reduce the costs of operating and maintaining a carrier throughout its 50-year life.