U.S. Navy Selects Gold Team For DD(X)

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been contracted by the U.S. Navy to complete system design for the Navy's advanced, 21st century surface combatant, DD(X). The initial design contract, which spans over four years has a total value of approximately $2.9-billion.

Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector will lead the system design, engineering prototype development and testing of the DD(X) System under a $265 million contract awarded today by the Navy. The team includes Raytheon Company as mission systems integrator and more than 30 of the nation's top engineering and maritime industrial companies.

This family of ships includes destroyers, cruisers and littoral combat ships, as well as technology to be backfitted into today's existing fleet of Aegisequipped cruisers and destroyers.

In addition to four other Northrop Grumman sectors — Newport News, Information Technology, Electronic Systems and Integrated Systems — the DD(X) Gold Team will include United Defense and Raytheon. The team will also be joined by DD(X) Blue Team members General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

This phase of the program will initially employ more than 350 Northrop Grumman Ship Systems management, engineering, operations and logistical support personnel over the next four years.

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