BAE Systems business unit has received a potential $50 million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy to repair, maintain and modernize an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. The award has a $34.7 million base value and would reach its potential value if the service branch exercises all options. BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair will facilitate work in support of the military service branch’s USS Russell and deploy employees who will be responsible for the ship’s update and continued operations. Work covers fiscal 2021 selected restricted availability and is scheduled for completion in September 2022. BAE competed with two other offerors as part of the contract’s procurement process.
USS Russell (DDG-59) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is the second ship of the USN to carry the name Russell and is named for Rear Admiral John Henry Russell and his son, Commandant of the Marine Corps John Henry Russell, Jr. The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The lead ship, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke’s lifetime.
These warships were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross-section.