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USN orders nine more Arleigh Burke Flight III destroyers

3rd August 2023 - 15:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London

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USS Jack H Lucas was tghe first Arleigh Burke Flight III to be handed over and nine more have been ordered. (Photo: HII)

The USN will receive nine more DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight III destroyers, six from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and three from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, under a deal likely to be worth around $1.8 billion each ship.

The contract price was not disclosed as further options are included in the contracts and these will be subject to a bidding process. However, in September 2019, the USN asked congress for $5.4 billion in FY2020 to build three more Flight III vessels.

The navy estimates that the average cost of the three DDG 51's requested for procurement in FY2020 is $1.821 billion each.

Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers built for the USN incorporate a number of design modifications that collectively provide significantly enhanced capability. USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125) was delivered in June and includes the AN/SPY-6(V)1

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