The Weapon Systems business unit of BAE Systems is set to deliver two gun mounts for the land-attack Advanced Gun System (AGS) to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works early next year for installation on the Zumwalt (DDG-1000), the first of the Navy’s three planned new land-attack destroyers.
Dave Johnson, director of the DDG-1000 program at BAE, said that the magazines for the gun mounts already have been installed aboard the ship, which is scheduled for launch in July 2013 and delivery to the Navy in 2014. In the modular construction approach for the class, the magazines are fully integrated with the hull design.
In September, the Navy awarded General Dynamics/Bath a contract valued at $1.8 billion for construction of the second and third ships, the Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) to be delivered in December 2015, and the as-yet unnamed DDG-1002, scheduled for delivery in February 2018.
In October, BAE won a contract worth up to $168 million, with options, for production of the AGS system for DDG-1002. The company completed factory-acceptance testing for the magazine modules for DDG-1001, aiming at delivery to Bath in early 2012.