Huntington Ingall received a ten year contract to build five destroyers in a contract worth $3.33 billion. One destroyer is to be build every year from FY 2013 through FY 2017.
General Dynamics received a $2.84 billion contract to build four destroyers with an option for one more, which the US Navy expects to exercise. In that case, the value of the contract is worth $3.53 billion. One destroyer will be build in FY 2013 and one each in FY 2015 through FY 2017.
First Commissioned in 1991, the Arleigh Burke class has gone through several versions, each resulting in increased capability and displacement. The first 28 ships were Flight I and Flight II ships (DDG 51 through DDG 78).
The current version of the Arleigh Burke is the Flight IIA starting with DDG 79, the USS Oscar Austin. Some specifications of the Flight IIA are:
- Length: 509 ft (155.29 m)
- Beam: 59 ft (18 m)
- Displacement: 9496 long tons (9648.4 metric tons)
- Speed: in excess of 30 knots
- Crew: 276
The Flight IIA features several improvements over its predecessors, including:
- The addition of the Kingfisher mine-avoidance capability
- A pair of helicopter hangars with the ability to deploy two Lamps MK III MH-60 helicopters
- Blast-hardened bulkheads.
The Arleigh Burke class is fitted with the MK 41 Vertical Launch System with up to 96 cells. Armament includes:
- RIM-66 Surface-to-Air Standard Missiles (SM-2MR)
- RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM)
- RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA)
- BGM-109 Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles
- MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
- Phalanx Close In Weapon System (CIWS)
- MK 45 5-inch Gun