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    According to General Dynamics, US Navy has awarded funding for another destroyer in the $3.4 billion five-ship contract capable of carrying the Aegis missile defense system.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The US Navy has awarded funding for another destroyer in the $3.4 billion five-ship contract capable of carrying the Aegis missile defense system, General Dynamics said in a press release on Thursday.

    "The $644.3 million contract modification fully funds this ship, which was awarded as part of a multi-year competition for DDG 51 class destroyers," press release stated. "The total value of the five-ship contract is approximately $3.4 billion."

    There are currently four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in production — Rafael Peralta, Thomas Hudner, Daniel Inouye and Carl Levin, the release noted.

    The release described the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer as "a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles."

    The destroyers carry a complete array of anti-submarine capabilities; the AEGIS combat system that tracks and destroys enemy targets; a vertical launching system; two SH-60 helicopters; advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles, the release noted.

    Destroyers operate in support of carrier battle groups, surface action groups and amphibious groups, according to General Dynamics.


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