BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy is moving forward with plans to build a destroyer with the capability of shooting down ballistic missiles and air-based threats at the same time.
The Navy is entering negotiations to build the first ship in the newest configuration of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works.
The Navy already has upgraded a handful of warships for ballistic missile defense to counter threats from nuclear-armed countries. But the Navy says those ships aren’t capable of dealing with high-flying ballistic missiles and conventional airborne threats at the same time.
The ship represents a third destroyer for fiscal 2016.
The extra ship deal arose under a swap agreement in which Bath is supposed to get a destroyer for every transport dock built at a competing yard in Mississippi.
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