DDG 51 AEGIS Destroyer

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Product Type:
AEGIS Destroyer

Using Service (US):

Program Status:
In Production

Prime Contractor:
Bath Iron Works (General Dynamics Corp.)
Huntington Ingalls Industries

The DDG-51 AEGIS Destroyer

About the AEGIS Destroyer:

By Forecast International /// The following is a snapshot of the DDG 51 program. For complete data and a forecast outlook, please view our Warships Forecast


The DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyer (named after the famous U.S. Navy destroyer squadron commander Admiral Arleigh Burke) is a type of multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-air warfare (AAW), and anti-surface warfare (SuW) missions in support of U.S. naval operations. DDG 51 ships support carrier strike groups, surface action groups, and replenishment groups.

The DDG 51 is an important component of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System, where it - together with Ticonderoga Class Missile Cruisers (CG 47) - patrols the oceans to detect and track ballistic missiles of all ranges, including Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). The tracking data is then reported to the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

Arleigh Burke Class ships are constructed by General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works (lead yard) and Huntington Ingalls. The Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyer is widely regarded as the most successful surface shipbuilding program since the Second World War.

The DDG 51 is powered by four General Electric LM2500 marine gas simple-cycle high-performance turbine engines, each delivering 33,600 shp.

At the core of DDG 51 shipboard systems is the Lockheed Martin-developed AEGIS Combat System, an integrated missile guidance system used on U.S. Navy and allied ships. The system operates as an integrated single ship system, as well as in ship-to-ship networks. The key component of the AEGIS Combat System is the Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) multi-function phased array radar, the most advanced and versatile maritime radar in the world. The role of the radar is to acquire and track targets such as planes and missiles and defend against them.

DDG 51 is an all-steel construction and features four separate variants so-called Flights. The ships from DDG 51 to 71 represent the original design and are designated as Flight I ships, DDGs 72 to 78 are Flight II ships, while DDGs 79 to 122 employ the Flight IIA design. The last Flight IIA ship, DDG 122, the future USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee is currently under construction. DDG 123, the first Flight III ship, is expected to be delivered in 2021 and as many as 42 Flight III ships may be purchased.

Construction of Flight IIA ships started with DDG 79 USS Oscar Austin commissioned in August 2000. The Flight IIA design includes the addition of the Kingfisher mine-avoidance system; helicopter hangars with space for two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters; blast-hardened bulkheads; a distributed electrical system; and advanced networked systems. Additionally, DDGs 91 to 96 provide accommodations for the AN/WLD-1 Remote Mine-Hunting System. U.S. Navy Flight IIA requirements have involved various modifications to secondary armaments, in that some ships have a Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) installed and some vessels employ a storage/launch facility to hold a single minehunting Under Sea Vehicle (USV). Flight III will meet ballistic missile defense and open ocean anti-submarine warfare (ASW) requirements. The Flight III design will replace the AEGIS AN/SPY-1D(V) radar with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) from Raytheon.

The development of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Next-Generation Destroyer caused an interruption in the DDG 51 program, which has since been reinstated due to the DDG 51's important role in ballistic missile defense, a capability not offered by Zumwalt Class destroyers.

Armament/Ship Self-Defense:

The DDG 51 is equipped with two Mk 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) that together accommodate a total of 90 Standard Missile (SM-2/SM-6), RUM-139 VL-ASROC, and RGM-109E Tactical Tomahawk missiles. The DDG 51 also features a 5-inch Mk 45 127mm gun, which provides surface fire support to forces on land and + an anti-ship gun capability; two Raytheon Mk 15 Phalanx 20mm Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS); two Mk 32 triple 324mm torpedo tubes with a total of six Mk 46/50/54 torpedoes; four .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine guns; and two Orbital ATK M242 Bushmaster 25mm chain guns. DDGs 79 and up also feature the RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM).

DDG 51 Production Forecast:

A 15-year DDG 51 production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide ship inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year DDG 51 production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Warships Forecast service.


The DDG 51 AEGIS Destroyer provides an anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-air warfare (AAW), and anti-surface warfare (SuW), and land attack capability.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - DDG 51 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), General Dynamics BIW,
Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon.

Warships Forecast:

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Forecast International Budget Data:

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