Curtiss-Wright to support US Navy submarine programmes

14 August 2019 (Last Updated August 14th, 2019 10:29)

Curtiss-Wright has received contracts to provide propulsion valves for the US Navy’s Columbia-class and Virginia-class submarine programmes.

Curtiss-Wright to support US Navy submarine programmes
USS Virginia (SSN 774), the lead ship of its class, during its first voyage in open seas. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by General Dynamics Electric Boat.

Curtiss-Wright has received contracts to provide propulsion valves for the US Navy’s Columbia-class and Virginia-class submarine programmes.

The contracts are valued at more than $80m and were awarded by Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc (BPMI) and General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB).

Under the agreement with BPMI, Curtiss-Wright will support ship construction and spare part procurement.

The contract with GDEB requires the company to support ship construction for Virginia-class Block V submarines, including the new Virginia Payload Module.

Curtiss-Wright chairman and CEO David Adams said: “Curtiss-Wright is pleased to have been awarded these important naval defence contracts, building upon our long-standing relationship with the US Nuclear Navy and continuing our ongoing support of this critical naval defence platform.

“We look forward to delivering the most advanced, reliable, and vital technologies to our nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, which continue to receive strong congressional support.”

Work will be carried out at Curtiss-Wright’s facility in East Farmingdale, New York.

The company has already started engineering and manufacturing and will continue the work until 2024.

BPMI provides design and procurement services for the fabrication, testing, delivery, installation, and field support of nuclear power plant components of US submarines and aircraft carriers, including the new Ford-class carriers and Columbia-class submarines.

The company won contracts in December last year for naval nuclear propulsion components.

In March this year, GDEB received a $2bn contract modification to continue long-lead work for the Virginia-class Block V submarine programme.