General Atomics Awarded Manufacturing Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Bearing Support Structures

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to fabricate and deliver two large Bearing Support Structures (BSS’s) for the Navy’s new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.

“This contract leverages our extensive manufacturing competencies to ensure these critical structures are delivered to NSWCCD as the first new COLUMBIA Class submarine begins construction in October 2020,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “We have a proven track record in the manufacture of First-Time Quality components and safety-critical systems for undersea and surface vessels. This award further positions GA-EMS as a “go-to” resource for shipyards to get complex components into production to meet hard and fast schedule deadlines.”

GA-EMS will manufacture the two BSS’s at their facilities in Tupelo, MS. The Navy intends to build 12 COLUMBIA Class submarines over the next 20 years.

“We have spent the last decade developing and delivering first-of-kind technologies, such as Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems and Advanced Arresting Gear, to support the next generation fleet,” stated Rolf Ziesing, vice president of Programs. “We adhere to industry-leading quality standards and manufacturing processes to ensure we deliver products in spec and correct the first time. And we continually expand our skill sets and manufacturing capabilities to meet the technological challenges facing the Navy’s modernization efforts.”



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