The unique design of the Zumwalt battleship provides it with a low radar cross section (RCS) for stealthy operation.
BAE Systems has received an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Navy for post-construction work aboard the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000 class) and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001 class) guided-missile destroyers (see photo). The contract has an initial value of $10.3 million with a maximum value of $192.7 million if work continues through September 2021. Both stealth battleships feature low radar-cross-section (RCS) and multiple-mission capabilities.
"We're pleased with the opportunity to help prepare the Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor for initial service in the fleet," says Bob Koerber, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. "We look forward to working with industry partners to install the state-of-the-art combat systems aboard these leading-edge combatants, and to finish other hull and engineering enhancements following their construction and delivery." These new Navy ships are 610 ft. long with steel hulls and composite deckhouses.
As part of this contract, the company's San Diego shipyard will support the installation and completion of both ships' combat systems, along with post-construction enhancements to the mechanical and electrical systems aboard each. The shipyard will also be involved in system optimizations following demonstration and certification of the combat systems and their final sea trials. BAE Systems' Weapons Systems business will also be involved with work on both ships' gun systems, installing Mk 57 vertical launch systems for providing low-maintenance deployment of existing and new missiles.