The US Navy has awarded a $346.5m contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for work on Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines.

General Dynamics Electric Boat will provide services related to research and development (R&D), submarine design improvements, and lead-yard work, under the contract.

The R&D work is aimed at introducing new technological improvements to the Virginia-class ships.

The latest contract is part of a $1.3bn initial contract awarded in 2016 and is scheduled for completion in September 2019.

General Dynamics Electric Boat provides design, construction, and lifecycle support services for submarines.

Marine Corps Systems Command of the US Marine Corps has awarded a $140.35m contract modification to BAE Systems Land and Armaments for the procurement of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs).

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BAE Systems will manufacture and deliver 30 ACVs and related equipment to the Marine Corps, under the contract.

Much of the contractual work will be performed in Pennsylvania, US, while the remaining will be performed in South Carolina.

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded a contract to Thales for seven signal tracking and illumination radars (STIR).

“The latest contract is part of a $1.3bn initial contract awarded in 2016 and is scheduled for completion in September 2019.”

Five of the seven STIR radars will be installed on the French Navy’s future intermediate-size frigates (FTI), while the remaining will be fitted on fregates de défense aériennes (FREDA) frigates.

Scheduled to be delivered from 2020, the radars will support gun and missile fire control capability by tracking stealth targets even in high clutter and littoral environments.

Emprise Corp LLC has received a $96.47m contract from the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) to provide engineering services for automated maintenance management system (SAMM).

The contract will support both at-sea and on-shore operations and enhance operational readiness.

SAMM allows shipboard personnel to oversee maintenance performed on MSC vessels and track daily machinery operational data.

Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, US, until December 2023.

The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded a $78.85m contract to BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair for depot modernisation period availability (DMP) of USS Shoup (DDG 86), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

The company will perform maintenance and repair and modernisation works on the vessel at San Diego, California, US, until February 2020.