Navy, Bath Iron Works in pact for DD(X) support

The Navy has awarded a $53.4 million contract to Bath Iron Works in Maine for engineering and design work on the service's next-generation DD(X) destroyers. The contract is for six months.

Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, will develop functional diagrams, determine procurement specifications for class-common equipment and build and produce design plans. Northrop Grumman Corp. is the lead contractor on the multibillion-dollar program.

The DD(X) high-tech combatant ships will feature sophisticated automation systems that allow them to operate with smaller crews than older destroyers. The program uses a spiral development acquisition model to equip ships with the latest technologies.

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