While the US Navy (USN) sees the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as a major step forward for missile defence – especially with the incorporation of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the ship’s hull is following the same proven course for improvements as earlier evolutions of the class's design, said Michael Petters, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) chief executive officer.
“We don’t see anything that jumps out at us as being ‘unobtainium’ from the standpoint of, ‘How the heck are we going to build that?'” Petters told financial investment analysts on 8 November during a quarterly earnings call.
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