Curtiss-Wright to support US Navy’s nuclear-powered vessels
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Curtiss-Wright to support US Navy’s nuclear-powered vessels

22 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2021 12:18)

The contracts involve the supply of pumps for the critical US naval defence platforms.

Curtiss-Wright to support US Navy’s nuclear-powered vessels
An artist rendering of the future US Navy Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines. Credit: U.S. Navy illustration/released./commons.wikimedia.org.

Curtiss-Wright has secured contracts worth nearly $100m to support the construction of the US Navy’s nuclear-powered defence platforms.

Awarded by Bechtel Plant Machinery (BPMI), the contracts are for the supply of pumps for the Virginia-class submarine, Columbia-class submarine, and Ford-class aircraft carrier programmes.

Curtiss-Wright president and CEO Lynn M Bamford said: “Curtiss-Wright is proud to have been awarded these significant naval defence contracts, which build upon our rich heritage and long-standing relationship with the US Nuclear Navy.

“Since the inception of nuclear-powered ships, Curtiss-Wright’s commitment to providing the safest, most advanced and reliable technologies has ensured our ongoing participation in these important defence programmes, which continue to receive strong Congressional support.”

Contractual work will be carried out at the company’s Cheswick, Pennsylvania facility within its ‘Naval and Power’ segment.

The latest awards follow previously received contracts, worth more than $130m, from BPMI and General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) in May this year.

The company was contracted to supply propulsion valves, pumps, and advanced instrumentation and control systems in support of these platforms.

The Gerald R Ford-class is the future aircraft carrier replacement class for the US Navy’s Enterprise and Nimitz-class carriers.

The US Navy’s Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) will replace the service’s existing force of 14 ageing Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

In November last year, GDEB received a $9.47bn contract from the US Navy for the construction and testing of the lead and second ships of its Columbia-class submarines.