Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs: Background and Issues for Congress
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The Navy has been procuring Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class Aegis destroyers since FY1985. The two DDG-51 class ships requested for procurement in FY2016 are to be the 73rd and 74th ships in the class. The 10 DDG-51s programmed for procurement in FY2013-FY2017 in annual quantities of 3-1-2-2-2 are being procured under a multiyear-procurement MYP contract. The second of the two ships requested for FY2016 is to be the first of a new DDG-51 design variation called the Flight III design, which is to incorporate a new and more capable radar called the Air and Missile Defense Radar AMDR.The Navy estimates the combined procurement cost of the two DDG-51s requested for procurement in FY2016 at 3,522.7 million. A comparison with the cost of the two DDG-51s procured in FY2015 suggests that, within the estimated combined cost of 3,522.7 million for the two FY2016 DDG-51s, the Flight III DDG-51 might account for, very roughly, 2 billion, while the other DDG-51 might account for, very roughly, 1.5 billion. The potential difference of, very roughly, 500 million in cost between the two ships includes one-time design and change-order costs for modifying the DDG-51 design to the Flight III configuration, additional costs for the AMDR radar and associated electrical power and cooling equipment, and some loss of shipyard production learning curve benefits due to the change in the ships design.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Marine Engineering