U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $14 Billion Contract for Eight Virginia-Class Submarines
The multi-year contract allows Electric Boat and its teammate, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, to proceed with the construction of one ship per year in 2009 and 2010, and two ships per year from 2011 through 2013. The eighth ship to be procured under this contract is scheduled for delivery in 2019.
The Virginia-class submarine is the first U.S. Navy warship designed from the keel up for the full range of mission requirements in the post-Cold War era, including anti-submarine and surface ship warfare; delivering special operation forces; strike; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare.
The contract immediately provides
“This award is significant for our country, the U.S. Navy, our company and the entire submarine industrial base,” said Electric Boat President
“In addition, at a time when the country has a challenging economic outlook, this contract will provide good jobs not just in
“Today’s contract award is an exciting moment for the entire team,” said
Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding already have delivered five Virginia-class submarines to the Navy: USS Virginia (SSN-774), USS Texas (SSN-775), USS Hawaii (SSN-776), USS North Carolina (SSN-777) and USS New Hampshire (SSN-778). Five additional submarines are under construction.
The contract comes on the heels of the shipbuilding team’s delivery of USS New Hampshire in August eight months ahead of schedule and more than
Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles.
General Dynamics, headquartered in
SOURCE General Dynamics Electric Boat