General Dynamics Electric Boat Awarded $16M for LSV 2 Cutthroat System Refurbishment

General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is awarded a $16 million undefinitized contract action to perform system refurbishment for LSV 2 Cutthroat unmanned submarine.

The work will be performed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and GDEB will obtain vendor services from Leonard DRS Naval Power Systems to support LSV 2 refurbishment. Work is expected to be complete by February 2023.

Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4 million will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP) at Groton, Connecticut, is the contracting activity.

LSV 2 Cutthroat

The Large Scale Vehicle 2 (LSV 2) Cutthroat is a 205-ton, battery-operated, large-scale submarine test vehicle and is one of the world’s largest unmanned autonomous submarine. It is a 1/3 scale model of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine (SSN) and is used to affordably explore and test emerging technologies while conducting physics-based experiments.

LSV 2 Cutthroat
LSV 2 Cutthroat

LSV 2 Cutthroat provides submarine design engineers a readily available submarine platform to install and test advanced submarine technologies. The boat was designed with a specific emphasis on supporting technology insertion into current and future U.S. Navy submarines.

LSV 2 provides the capability to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of new technologies that have resulted in major improvements in performance for the Virginia class and is now being modified to support the development of the nation’s next strategic ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the Columbia-class.

Cutthroat has been operating at the Acoustic Research Detachment in Bayview, Idaho, located along Lake Pend Oreille, since its delivery in 2001. The facility is operated by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.

LSV 2 Cutthroat was christened Nov. 15, 2000, and launched on July 23, 2002.

General Characteristics

+ Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat
+ Propulsion: Electric drive; 3,000 shaft horsepower (shp) plant coupled with electric motor controller, expandable to 6,000 shp with additional controller modules.
+ Length: 111 feet (33.83 meters)
+ Beam: 10 feet (3.05 meters)
+ Displacement: 205 tons
+ Armament: None



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