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U.S. Navy taps General Dynamics for 9 new nuclear-powered fast attack submarines

General Dynamics Electric Boat, wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, is awarded a multi-year modification to previously-awarded contract for construction of nine new Virginia-class submarines, eight with Virginia Payload Module (VPM), according to a recent Department of Defense news release.

The Virginia-class attack submarine is the U.S. Navy’s latest undersea warfare platform and incorporates the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering and weapons systems technology.

The Department of Defense and General Dynamics announced on Monday an agreement worth about for $22,2 million for the construction of new nuclear-powered fast attack submarines. The contract also includes the option of a tenth ship to be constructed within the contract time frame, bringing the total potential contract value to approximately $24.1 billion.

“This contract modification is for the construction of the fifth block of Virginia-class submarines by GDEB and major subcontractor Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division, inclusive of design support and all efforts necessary to test and deliver each submarine,” the Department of Defense message states.

The multi-year ‘Block V’ contract enables Electric Boat as prime contractor, along with its teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding, to deliver Virginia-class fast-attack submarines with advanced capabilities and expanded capacity to the Navy. Construction on Block V ships will begin this year, with deliveries scheduled from 2025 through 2029.

“This contract allows for our shipbuilding team, our suppliers and our employees to plan ahead so that we can continue to deliver submarines of unmatched quality, stealth and lethality,” said Kevin M. Graney, President, General Dynamics Electric Boat. “Increasing the cadence of our production from one per year to two, coupled with the start of full production of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, represents a generational increase in submarine production for our nation.”

“We are prepared to meet the challenge,” said Graney.

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Read more here:: Defence Blog (Naval)

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