C-sUAS strategy

To prepare for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) threats they may see on the battlefield, Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division participated in the Army’s first Counter-Small UAS (C-sUAS) home-station training session at Fort Carson, Colorado, from April 19-May 7 in advance of an upcoming deployment to the U.S. Central Command region.

Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Soldiers huddle during Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems home-station training at Fort Carson, Colorado. The Soldiers were preparing for a deployment to the U.S. Central Command region (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers simulated using the Mobile-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defeat System, or M-LIDS, which is a system of sensors and shooters mounted on a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.

The Army will also deploy five-person, C-sUAS mobile training teams that will remain stationed in the CENTCOM area of responsibility to train other deployed units.

At Fort Carson, 4th ID Soldiers learned skills that included power-up procedures and connecting different systems and components, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Jones, the systems integrator for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The training will help counter UAS threats, which provide enemies with assets capable of collecting intelligence and performing reconnaissance and lethal attacks at low cost, such as drones.

«There are lots of enemy UAS threats that are out there on a pretty regular basis and that’s likely what we’re going to be faced with», Jones said during an interview in May. «It’s really great to be able to have that opportunity to execute the training, and have the time to digest that information, because once we do get downrange, we don’t always have a lot of time to learn a new system».

The training included classroom lessons, hands-on interaction with the C-sUAS systems and a live-fire training session. The class, which consisted mostly of infantry Soldiers, was designed in accordance with the Defense Department’s recently approved C-sUAS strategy that focuses on the posturing of mission-ready forces capable of deterring UAS threats.

The mobile training teams will be comprised of a team lead and about four system trainers with expertise in a range of disciplines, including threat systems, UAS pilots and air defense artillery. The curriculum will be tailored to each unit’s needs and will cover topics from basic threat identification and tracking to joint service primary UAS operations.

In 2019, then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper assigned the Army as the DOD’s executive agent for C-sUAS activities and former Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy then established the Joint C-sUAS Office, or JCO, under director Maj. Gen. Sean Gainey.

Through the JCO, the Army will develop integrated plans, technologies, training concepts, and doctrine, while focusing resources on efficiently countering the UAS threat. As part of the effort, the DOD released its C-sUAS Strategy providing the framework for addressing sUAS across the spectrum from hazards to threats in the homeland, host nations, and contingency locations.

Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division took part in the first home-station training for the Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems from April 19-May 7, 2021, prior to a deployment. Soldiers used a system of sensors and shooters called the Mobile-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integrated Defeat System, or M-LIDS (Courtesy photo)

The strategy outlines three efforts: ready the force by developing innovative solutions, defend the force with the provision of mission-ready forces that are able to deter and defeat UAS threats, and building the team by leveraging partnerships.

Jones said that the Soldiers may face such threats during their deployment and the training presented the first opportunity of its kind to train at home. Jones added that the training will help ready them for what they may encounter in a forward operating location by teaching C-sUAS skills to Soldiers who don’t typically see these threats.

«Many of these Soldiers in the class are your typical infantry Soldiers who don’t deal with a complex system of systems like this on a regular basis as well as enemy UAS threats», Jones said. «They’re focused on a lot more of your standard infantry tasks. This is a really eye-opening experience for a lot of them to understand the threat that’s out there, and understand this system, how we can use it to counter these threats».

DOD contractors and representatives from each original equipment manufacturer participated as Soldiers learned how to identify enemy threats from friendly forces. Those representatives included experts on the radar systems, electronic warfare and the gunner systems.

Instructors broke down the course into separate training blocks, including sections on command and control, radar, and network, said Gary Cathcart, who works as the M-LIDS logistics lead for the Logistics Management Directorate, Army Rapid Capabilities Office.

«The training definitely enhanced unit readiness by giving the Soldiers familiarization on the operations of the system», Jones said. «This is a new system that none of us have ever seen before and none of us have ever used before … It’s a complex system of systems, that each of these individual components on these trucks need to integrate and work together».

Cathcart said that the Army currently has been gathering feedback from Soldiers and will use student input to build the next iteration of the course. He added that as more Army units train with the C-sUAS software they will look to incorporate the other branches.

«The biggest thing is that we’re getting this threat awareness spread out there to the warfighter … making sure that people are aware of the threat, and then aware of what systems and what capabilities we have to defeat that threat», Jones said.

Soldiers take part in classroom sessions during Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems training at Fort Carson, Colorado (Courtesy photo)

SEWIP Block 3

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the AN/SLQ-32(V)7 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 Engineering and Development Model (EDM) to the U.S. Navy for land-based testing. The official transfer was marked at an event with company and U.S. Navy program officials at Northrop Grumman’s systems integration facility in Baltimore, Maryland.

SEWIP Block 3 System
The AN/SLQ-32(V)7 SEWIP Block 3 system shipped to the U.S. Navy for formal land-based testing at the Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Combat Systems Center in Wallops Island, Virginia

«The AN/SLQ-32(V)7 EDM delivery to the U.S. Navy for continued government land-based testing following formal qualification testing is a significant achievement for the SEWIP Block 3 program», said Captain Jason Hall, the U.S. Navy’s Major Program Manager of Above Water Sensors and Lasers. «SEWIP Block 3 provides a critical electronic warfare capability to the Fleet to pace the evolving anti-ship missile threat».

Northrop Grumman successfully completed SEWIP Block 3 system integration and formal qualification testing as part of the engineering, manufacturing and development contract. This milestone indicates that the system is ready to transition to the U.S. Navy for formal land-based testing at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) in Wallops Island, Virginia.

«This delivery represents the next step in a multi-year effort to take SEWIP from the laboratory to the hands of the warfighter», said Mike Meaney, vice president, land and maritime sensors, Northrop Grumman. «Providing the comprehensive hardware-defined, software-enabled system to the U.S. Navy proves out the final design and signifies the end of the engineering, manufacturing and development phase».

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GPS III Space Vehicle

The fifth Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite designed and built by Lockheed Martin is now headed to its orbit 12,550 miles/20,197 km above earth. This marks another step in supporting the U.S. Space Force’s GPS satellite constellation modernization efforts.

The fifth Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite at Lockheed Martin’s production facility prior to its June 17 launch

Launched earlier today, GPS III Space Vehicle 05 (GPS III SV05) is the latest next-generation GPS III satellite, a warfighting system owned and operated by the Space Force. GPS III SV05 will be the 24th Military Code (M-Code) signal-enabled GPS space vehicle on orbit, completing the constellation’s baseline requirement to provide our military forces a more-secure, harder-to-jam and spoof GPS signal.

GPS III satellites provide significant capability advancements over earlier-designed GPS satellites on orbit, including:

  • Three times better accuracy;
  • Up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and
  • A new L1C civil signal, which is compatible with international global navigation satellite systems, like Europe’s Galileo, to improve civilian user connectivity.

«With GPS III SV05, we continue our focus on rapidly fielding innovative capabilities for the Space Force’s Positioning, Navigation and Timing Mission», said Tonya Ladwig, Lockheed Martin vice president for Navigation Systems. «With each satellite we bring to orbit, we help the U.S. Space Force to modernize the GPS constellation’s technology and to imagine future capability. Our next three satellites, GPS III SV06, SV07 and SV08, are already complete and just waiting for a launch date».

About 90 minutes after a 12:09 p.m. ET liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, in Florida, U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin engineers at the company’s Denver GPS III Launch & Checkout Operations Center declared GPS III SV05 separated from its SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and «flying» under their control.

In the coming days, GPS III SV05’s onboard liquid apogee engine will continue to propel the satellite towards its operational orbit. After it arrives, engineers will send the satellite commands to deploy its solar arrays and antennas, and prepare GPS III SV05 for handover to Space Operations Command.

Part of U.S. critical national infrastructure, GPS drives an estimated $300 billion in annual economic benefits and is responsible for $1.4 trillion since its inception. Globally, more than 4 billion military, civil and commercial users depend on GPS’ positioning, navigation and timing signals.

Lockheed Martin is part of the GPS III team led by the Space Production Corps Medium Earth Orbit Division at the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base. The GPS Operational Control Segment sustainment is managed by the Enterprise Corps, GPS Sustainment Division at Peterson Air Force Base. The 2nd Space Operations Squadron, at Schriever Air Force Base, manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.


For the first time this annual exercise, explosive ordnance and mine countermeasure units from the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps integrated into a NATO multi-national exercise using cutting-edge technology and experimental equipment to increase the effectiveness of mine countermeasure.

BALTOPS 50 Site for Experimental Mine Hunting Equipment

Integration is a priority across the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps; the goal of this experimentation is to discover how the Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) take over where U.S. Navy mine countermeasures leave off. Members from the U.S. Navy EOD Mobile Unit 8 and Marines from 4th Platoon Littoral Explosive Ordnance Neutralization (LEON) worked side by side with systems never before used at the annual exercise.

«This is the largest set of experimentation we have done during BALTOPS, and it’s the first time we’ve had U.S. Marine Corps EOD with some of their emerging capabilities come out to a BALTOPS», said John Stastny, U.S. Sixth Fleet BALTOPS Experimentation Lead. «It’s been a long time since these two forces have worked together in this manner and on this scale».

This year’s exercise is filled with several firsts.

«This is the first time Marine Corps EOD LEON has participated in an exercise in Europe, and it’s the first time they’ve integrated into a multi-national exercise like this», Stastny said. «It’s the first time we have shown how you go from deep water, through littoral regions onto the objective which enables forces to support many operations».

BALTOPS 50 has provided the Navy-Marine Corps team an opportunity for their units to integrate with NATO forces to train and learn tactics, techniques and procedures that will enhance joint forces combined capabilities.

«This new technology allows EOD technicians the ability to remotely search for mines in shallow water and surf zones that previously were not available», U.S. Marine Corps LEON Platoon Sargent, Master Sergeant Ray Conard said. «In the Great Power Competition this teaming of Navy and Marine Corps EOD better facilitates maneuver within littoral regions in support of many operations».

Some of the new systems being used during the two-week exercise include Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUV) Mark 18 mod 2 and the REMUS 500. These systems are used by U.S. Navy EOD technicians during evolutions in deep water, which is the traditional role of these systems.

The equipment used by the U.S. Marine EOD technicians allow deeper penetration onto the beach and allow safe passage to a potential objective. Some of these systems include two experimental drone-type sensors – The Magnetic Expeditionary Threat Localizer (METL) and Sky Glass systems as well as standard Marine Corps EOD equipment such as SRS Fusion and additional experimental prototype amphibious unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned surface vessels.

«The systems being used transmit data back to shore to be analyzed and re-task other unmanned systems to take care of the threat», said Commanding Officer, Mine Countermeasures Division MCMDIV 31, Captain Robert Porter. «One of the benefits of this new technology we are experimenting with is that it allows for unmanned systems to go into the minefield and do the work that used to have to be done by a person».

BALTOPS 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of this annual multi-national exercise and will conclude June 19th.

Minotaur I

Northrop Grumman Corporation launched its Minotaur I rocket on June 15, 2021 at 9:35 a.m. EDT, successfully placing a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload into orbit. The Minotaur I was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0B at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Minotaur I
The Minotaur I rocket was launched from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility

The Minotaur I is a four-staged solid fuel space launch vehicle, featuring two decommissioned Minuteman rocket motors, Northrop Grumman-manufactured Orion 50XL and Orion 38 solid rocket motors, and the company’s state-of-the-art avionics. The vehicle is capable of launching payloads of up to 1,278 pounds (or 580 kilograms) into low Earth orbit.

«This was our second launch of a Minotaur rocket for the NRO from Wallops in the past 12 months», said Rich Straka, vice president, launch vehicles, Northrop Grumman. «Northrop Grumman is able to repurpose retired Peacekeeper and Minuteman propulsion, integrating them with company built solid rocket motors along with new subsystems for our Minotaur family of launch vehicles, allowing us to provide reliable, cost-effective and responsive access to space for our customers».

The NROL-111 launch was the 12th Minotaur I flight and 6th from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The Minotaur family of launch vehicles is comprised of multiple configurations, tailored to meet unique mission requirements. The Minotaur fleet has now completed 28 missions from ranges in Alaska, California, Florida and Virginia with 100 percent success. Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur rockets are manufactured at facilities in Chandler, Arizona; Vandenberg, California; and Clearfield and Magna, Utah.

The vehicle used to launch the NROL-111 mission was procured under the OSP-3 contract administered by the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Small Launch and Targets Division at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Minotaur vehicles are currently available to customers under the OSP-4 contract.

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Mobile Force Protection

In recent tests at Eglin Air Force Base, DARPA’s Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program demonstrated a Counter-Unmanned Air System (C-UAS) multilayer defense architecture to defeat unauthorized drone intrusions over military installations or operations. Development of this low-cost reusable drone interceptor system approach began four years ago with the aim of creating an integrated system for thwarting attacks from self-guided small unmanned aircraft. The goal is to protect high value convoys moving through potentially populated regions where there is a requirement to avoid using explosive defensive weapons and mitigate collateral damage.

Mobile Force Protection (MFP)
Mobile Force Protection project vehicle launches drone interceptor in test at Eglin Air Force Base

The technology demonstrator successfully neutralized tactically-relevant drones using a newly-developed X band radar that automatically senses and identifies unmanned aerial system threats. The radar then pairs targets to specific interceptors through an automated decision engine tied to a command and control system, launching and guiding rotary and fixed wing interceptors with two types of drone countermeasures while on the move and without operator intervention.

«Because we were focusing on protecting mobile assets, the program emphasized solutions with a small footprint in terms of size, weight, and power», said MFP program manager Gregory Avicola in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. «This also allows for more affordable systems and less operators».

The requirement that the system field non-kinetic solutions pushed concepts that could be employed in and around civilian areas. The primary drone negation mechanism shoots strong, stringy streamers from reusable interceptors that foul propellers causing loss of propulsion. Additionally, other non-kinetic techniques were developed and demoed. The focus on defeating raids with multiple threats, rather than single unmanned aerial attackers, required the development of an integrated solution of sensors, autonomy, and mitigation solutions more robust than existing systems. Dynetics was the primary systems integrator.

DARPA is currently working with the military services to transition technology developed in the MFP project into various acquisition programs.

Pegasus XL

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully launched the Tactically Responsive Launch-2 (TacRL-2) payload into orbit for the U.S. Space Force (USSF), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), using the company’s Pegasus XL rocket. TacRL-2 was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Pegasus XL
Northrop Grumman successfully launched the TacRL-2 payload into orbit for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center using the company’s Pegasus XL rocket

Pegasus, the world’s first privately-developed commercial space launch vehicle, is an air-launched three-staged rocket carried aloft by Northrop Grumman’s specially modified «Stargazer» L-1011 aircraft. Shortly after its release from Stargazer, at approximately 40,000 feet/12,192 m above the Pacific Ocean, Pegasus ignited its first stage, beginning its successful flight carrying TacRL-2 to its intended orbit.

«This Pegasus launch was a clear demonstration of our team’s ability to provide rapid and responsive operation needs», said Rich Straka, vice president, launch vehicles, Northrop Grumman. «Our team was able to execute the design, integration and testing of the TacRL-2 launch vehicle in less than four months from contract award».

This is the 45th successful launch of Pegasus, which uses solid propulsion to offer maximum responsiveness by enabling launch to a wide variety of orbits on short timelines. This capability provides customers with the flexibility to operate from virtually anywhere on Earth with minimal ground support requirements. Pegasus has launched more than 90 satellites into low earth orbit from five separate launch sites in the United States, Europe and the Marshall Islands.

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

Digital Viper

For the first time in flight, the AH-1Z Viper established a two-way connection between a ground station and the aircraft’s Link 16 and Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) systems.

AH-1Z Viper
An AH-1Z Viper assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 takes off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River. During the test flight, the AH-1Z established a two-way connection between a ground station and the aircraft’s Link 16 and Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) systems for the first time (Photo by: Joy Shrum)

A new capability for the H-1 platform, the digital interoperability (DI) suite includes Link 16 and ANW2 data links, a gateway to share information across various networks. Additionally, the suite includes a new digital moving map, enabling the H-1 platform to display information from these data links on a common display.

The DI suite also modernizes how data is loaded to and from the H-1 platform.

«The H-1 has decades of battlefield experience, it has evolved to fight in numerous environments», said Colonel Vasilios Pappas, USMC H-1 Light/Attack Helicopters program office (PMA-276) program manager. «The integration of these data links aligns with this platforms’ ability to adapt to the ever-changing threat and meet the needs of current and future warfighters».

Link 16 and ANW2 enable the AH-1Z to rapidly share information with other weapon systems, provide greater situational awareness, accelerate the kill chain, and enhance survivability to outmaneuver and defeat the threat across a range of military operations.

During the one-hour flight, conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, pilots successfully communicated with a multiband networking manpack radio, the PRC-117G, and the Mobile Systems Integration Lab, a ground station designed by Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to validate the suite’s connection with the aircraft.

«The flight was a success and went exactly as expected», said USMC Captain Jason Grimes, the first flight pilot and H-1 project officer with HX-21. «There is still work to be done before fleet integration, but it was a step in the right direction in getting a much needed capability to the HMLA [Marine Light Attack Helicopter] squadrons».

The DI suite includes a new radio, processor, and mission computer software to integrate the information from this new data link onto a new digital map interface. This capability enables the AH-1Z to directly exchange critical data with other Marine Corps and Navy aviation and shipboard systems.

«The flight is the culmination hours of hard work and innovation. I am very proud of the government and industry team’s dedication to making this critical capability for the Marine Corps a reality», said Pappas.

Led by PMA-276, the effort was a collaboration of the PMA-276 Avionics Integrated Product Team, numerous government and industry partners, including Northrop Grumman, Bell, Kranze Tech Solutions, NAWCAD, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, J.F. Taylor, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Flight test on the AH-1Z will continue through the summer, with initial fleet integration expected in 2022. In addition, the program is working with industry and HX-21 to flight test the same DI suite on the UH-1Y Venom later this spring.

PMA-276 manages the cradle to grave procurement, development, support, fielding, and disposal of the Marine Corps rotary wing close air support, anti-armor, armed escort, armed/visual reconnaissance, and fire support program systems.

Infantry Carrier Vehicle

The U.S. Army announced on June 3, 2021 the award of the six-year requirements contract to Oshkosh Defense, LLC for the production and fielding of the Medium Caliber Weapons System (MCWS) for up to six Stryker Brigades. The first delivery order is for 91 vehicles valued at approximately $130 million, with a total potential contract value of $942 million over six-years.

Stryker Double V-Hull A1
The MCWS procurement was a full and open competition with a tiered requirements strategy. The outcome represents a best-value balance of cost, schedule and performance (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

«The MCWS Program of Record leverages upgrades and improvements from the Stryker Double V-Hull A1 Infantry Carrier Vehicle and lessons learned from the Stryker 2nd Cavalry Regiment Operational Needs Statement fielding», said Brigadier General Glenn Dean, the Army’s program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems. «It also incorporates real-time input from industry partners to provide state-of-the-art direct-fire lethality on a proven Stryker platform».

The MCWS is a 30-mm, unmanned turreted auto-cannon integrated on a Stryker DVHA1 Infantry Carrier Vehicle.

It builds upon the Army’s investment in maturing a 30mm weapon system, and the selection comes after completion of a robust competitive best value formal source selection, evaluating each competitor’s ability to meet technical and production requirements.

«The Army recognizes and appreciates the tremendous efforts and investments from the defense industrial base, partnering defense organizations and other industry partners contributing to the MCWS program», said Dean.

The evaluation of technical performance was achieved using production representative bid samples that vendors submitted for Government testing at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.

In May 2019, the Army awarded five Design Integration Study (DIS) contracts and provided a Stryker Double V-Hull A1 Infantry Carrier Vehicle and XM813 cannon as Government-furnished equipment to contractors in order to facilitate industry design efforts and foster competition.

The MCWS procurement was a full and open competition with a tiered requirements strategy. The outcome represents a best-value balance of cost, schedule and performance.

Major features of the Stryker MCWS include the ability to transport nine infantry Soldiers and three crewmembers, and the integration of XM813 cannon onto a Stryker DVHA1 Infantry Carrier Vehicle platform allowing for programmable airburst ammunition compatibility through dual feed ammunition handling system, improved optics and extended direct-fire range over the current 30-mm temporary ONS solution.

Manufacturing of the MWCS will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with deliveries beginning 12 months after award. The first Army unit will be equipped with the Stryker MCWS beginning in Fiscal Year 2023.

Flight III Destroyer

The first DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer to be built in the Flight III configuration, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125), was successfully launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding division, June 4.

USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125)
U.S. Navy launches first Flight III guided missile destroyer, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125)

The DDG-51 Flight III upgrade is centered on the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and incorporates upgrades to the electrical power and cooling capacity plus additional associated changes to provide greatly enhanced warfighting capability to the fleet. The Flight III baseline begins with DDGs 125-126 and will continue with DDG-128 and follow on ships.

«Flight III ships will provide cutting edge Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability to include significantly greater detection range and tracking capacity. Launching the first Flight III ship, the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125), is another important step to delivering Flight III to the U.S. Navy», said DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Program Manager, Captain Seth Miller.

The DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG-51) is a multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to operate offensively and defensively, independently, or as units of Carrier Strike Groups, Expeditionary Strike Groups, and Surface Action Groups in multi-threat environments that include air, surface and subsurface threats. These ships will respond to Low Intensity Conflict/Coastal and Littoral Offshore Warfare scenarios, as well as open ocean conflict, providing or augmenting power projection, forward presence requirements and escort operations at sea. Flight III is the fourth Flight upgrade in the 30+ year history of the class, building on the proud legacy of Flight I, II and IIA ships before it.

HII is currently constructing four other DDG-51 class ships, including the future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG-121) and USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG-123) in the Flight IIA configuration, and the future USS Ted Stevens (DDG-128) and USS Jeremiah Denton (DDG-129) as Flight III ships. There are a total of 20 DDG-51 class ships under contract at both new construction shipyards.

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, sealift ships, support ships, boats, and craft.


Guided Missile Destroyers Lineup


Flight III

Ship Yard Launched Commissioned Homeport
DDG-125 Jack H. Lucas HIIIS 06-04-21
DDG-126 Louis H. Wilson, Jr. GDBIW
DDG-128 Ted Stevens HIIIS
DDG-129 Jeremiah Denton HIIIS
DDG-130 William Charette GDBIW
DDG-131 George M. Neal HIIIS
DDG-132 Quentin Walsh GDBIW
DDG-133 Sam Nunn HIIIS
DDG-134 John E. Kilmer GDBIW
DDG-135 Thad Cochran HIIIS
DDG-136 Richard G. Lugar GDBIW
DDG-137 John F. Lehman HIIIS