In a special series starting today, Aviation Week details an exclusive investigation that scrutinizes missteps the U.S. Navy has made with regard to its destroyer fleets that have an estimated price tag of $121.8 billion. Based on data uncovered and exclusive interviews, Aviation Week broke these stories on its Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) website. AWIN subscribers can read the full coverage online at http://bit.ly/uqAiQW.
As the investigation reveals, the U.S. Navy will likely have to overturn its current plans for its destroyer fleets and the combat and radar systems they carry. The workload is projected to cost $121.8 billion extending over several decades. Infused with scores of interviews and documents, as well as in-depth analysis of millions of database records, Aviation Week’s Naval Editor Michael Fabey illustrates how the Navy will be essentially forced to sustain contracts with incumbent contractors on destroyer work, despite the service saying it wants to sever such monopolies.
“Our mission is to deliver analysis and insights to our subscribers, and this news raises serious concerns about the approach the Navy has been taking to expand its fleet of destroyers,” said Jim Mathews, executive editor, AWIN. “How these missteps play out for contractors remains to be seen.”
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