BLUFThe US Navy is researching and developing a new large surface combatant class with a greater range than existing vessels and state of the art weapon systems.
The around 90 Aegis combat system equipped Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke class cruisers and destroyers are a backbone of the US Navy. The DDG(X) program (X denoting no final design) is the next-generation program planned to replace some of them. Key points:
- Initial ship procurement aimed for 2028/9.
- Increased weapons over Flight III Arleigh Burke.
- Less than or more than 12,700 tons displacement (Hobart Class 7000 tons).
- Hull designed to affordably upgrade weapons and systems.
- Increased range, fuel efficiency and power for electric weapons.
- Integrated propulsion system.
- Production of Flight 111 Arleigh Burke’s will continue until after DDG(X) procurement
- Large surface combatants (LSCs) refers to cruisers and destroyers which increasingly have overlapping size and capability.
- Likely built at General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries/Ingalls Shipbuilding.
- Cost of $2.9 billion in constant FY2021 dollars (Congressional Budget Office).
- FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act recommends funding research and development.
Worth noting and remembering the following:
- The USN expects to commission the 3rd of its controversial Zumwalt (DDG-1000) class destroyers this year.
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- JUN 2021 US Navy creates DDG(X) program office after years of delays for large combatant replacement | DefenseNews
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- JAN 2022 U.S. Navy Reveals Plans And Ideas For The DDG(X) Next-Gen Destroyer | NAVALNEWS
- JAN 2022 Surface Navy 2022: US Navy remains committed to DDGX concept | Janes
Source Information: Congressional Research Service
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