Navy smart ship enters new phase
- By George I. Seffers
- Sep 18, 2000
The Navy released a request for proposals for its technologically advanced
DD-21 Land Attack Destroyer on Sept. 14.
The revolutionary warships will be equipped with enough sensors, intelligent
devices and advanced computers to rapidly detect and eliminate fires and
other emergencies, Navy officials have said.
The secretary of the Navy announced the RFP release for Phase 3 through
Phase 5 for continued development for the destroyer. Phase 3 includes the
completion of the ship's design, Phase 4 includes detail design and construction,
and Phase 5 involves engineering and life-cycle support.
Two competing contractor teams have recently completed development of
their preliminary designs, and the just-released RFP will be used to select
one contractor team early next year.
Technical management proposals are due Nov. 15, cost proposals on Dec.
"Entering the fleet at the end of this decade, DD-21 will usher in the
Navy's newest class of destroyers," according to a written announcement
published by the Navy. "Armed with an array of land attack weapons and other
advanced shipboard technologies, DD-21 will be capable of delivering an
unprecedented level of offensive firepower from the sea in support of joint
and coalition forces operating ashore."