Northrop Grumman has announced that the US Navy has selected a team led by the company to complete the system design for the Navy’s advanced, 21st century surface combatant, DD(X).
Northrop Grumman’s Ship Systems sector will lead the system design, engineering prototype development and testing of the DD(X) System under a $265 million contract awarded by the Navy.
The initial design contract has a total value of approximately $2.9 billion over four years.
The team includes Raytheon as mission systems integrator and more than 30 of America’s top engineering and maritime industrial companies.
In addition to four other Northrop Grumman sectors – Newport News, Information Technology, Electronic Systems and Integrated Systems – the DD(X) team will include United Defense, General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works and the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The DD(X) is said to be the centrepiece of the US Navy’s 21st century transformation and is the cornerstone program for a family of surface combatants to be designed and built over the next 25 years.
This family of ships includes destroyers; cruisers and littoral combat ships, as well as technology to be backfitted into the existing fleet of Aegis-equipped cruisers and destroyers.