General Dynamics Electric Boat has received a contract modification worth $696.25m to support the Virginia-class submarines SSN 802, 803, 804 and 805.

The deal was awarded by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and will involve the supply of additional long-lead-time (LLT) material for the submarines’ main propulsion unit, miscellaneous hull, steam and electric plant components, and mechanical and electrical system components.

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Work under the contact is set to be performed at various locations across the US up to January 2019.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has secured a contract modification worth approximately $1.46bn from the US Naval Air Systems to support the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighter aircraft air systems until December 2018.

"Applied Technology Inc has been awarded a $48.5m contract by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to support the US Navy’s Signature Technology Office."

The company will procure long-lead material and parts for 145 LRIP Lot 13 F-35 air systems under the deal, which will be used to support the US Marine Corps, US Navy and US Air Force.

The arrangement will also cover the provision of 69 LRIP Lot 14 F-35 aircraft for non-US Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.

Saab AB has been contracted by Australian firm ASC Pty Ltd to supply an updated ship management system for four of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Collins-class submarines.

Saab is expected to deliver updated hardware and spares for the integrated ship control management and monitoring system (ISCMMS) of the Collins-class submarines under the $18.21m agreement.

The updated ISCMMS is slated to address obsolescence issues and improve the submarines’ overall operational capability.

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc has awarded a one-year, $3.8m contract to CPI Aerostructures for work on the US Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters.

CPI will manufacture engine cowl assemblies and support assemblies for the AH-1Z Viper helicopters as part of the initiative.

The AH-1Z Viper twin-engine attack helicopter is noted to offer superior air-to-air and air-to-ground attack capabilities compared to previous models.

Applied Technology Inc has been awarded a $48.5m contract by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to support the US Navy’s Signature Technology Office.

The deal is anticipated to cover a variety of scientific, engineering and programmatic research and development services.

The contract is expected to close in March 2023.