Navy taking next step on DDG(X) propulsion system

By Audrey Decker / May 24, 2022 at 4:38 PM

The Navy is asking industry for information on the service's next-generation destroyer's electric propulsion system.

The DDG(X) program will leverage the DDG-51 Flight III combat system and feature an Integrated Power System for power and propulsion, according to a notice published May 12.

Last summer, the Navy conducted a DDG(X) IPS industry day. The May 12 notice states that a key theme from the industry day was the service’s intent to use non-developmental technologies for IPS to reduce risk.

The Navy’s fiscal year 2023 budget documents allocate $195.5 million in research and development funding for the DDG(X) program -- $145.8 million for power and propulsion risk mitigation and demonstration.

DDG(X) will replace older Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class cruisers. The service wants to procure the first DDG(X) in FY-30.