GDEB awarded support contract for Virginia-class submarines

General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is being awarded a contract modification for fiscal 2018 lead yard services and development studies and design efforts for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class fast attack submarines.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, worth around $432 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, DC.

This modification provides lead yard services for Virginia-class submarines that will maintain, update, and support the Virginia-class design and related drawings and data for each Virginia-class submarine, including technology insertion, throughout its construction and post shakedown availability period.

The contractor will also provide all engineering and related lead yard services necessary for direct maintenance and support of Virginia-class ship specifications. In addition, this contract modification provides development studies and design efforts related to the Virginia-class submarine design and design improvements, preliminary and detail component and system design, integration of system engineering, design engineering, test engineering, logistics engineering, and production engineering.

The contractor will continue development studies and design efforts related to components and systems to accomplish research and development tasks and prototypes and engineering development models required to fully evaluate new technologies to be inserted in succeeding Virginia-class submarines.

The work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (94.7 percent); Quonset Point, Rhode Island (4.2 percent); and Newport, Rhode Island (1.1 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2018.

Fiscal 2018, 2017, 2012, 2015, 2013, 2014 and 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding; and fiscal 2018 research, development, test and engineering (Navy) funding, totaling around $103 million will be obligated at time of award; and fiscal 2017 research development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of around $29K will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Virginia-class SSN

The Virginia class (SSN-774 class) is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines (hull classification symbol SSN) in service with the United States Navy.

They are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral (shallow coastal water) missions and were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era. They are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, many of which have already been decommissioned.

The submarines will be acquired through 2043, and are expected to remain in service past 2060. Based on recent updates to the designs, some of the Virginia-class submarines are expected to still be in service in 2070

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