General Dynamics (GD) Electric Boat has been awarded a $234m contract by the US Navy to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines.

As part of the agreement, Electric Boat will provide drawings and related technical data, design change documentation, logistics technical data, configuration management, as well as a hull, mechanical and electrical engineering and submarine safety design review.

"Electric Boat’s employees will work on all aspects of the submarine lifecycle."

The company will also provide non-propulsion plant electrical system engineering, propulsion plant engineering, maintenance engineering, refit / availability technical support, on-site support and a configuration change programme design and installation support.

The contract also includes configuration change programme material support, submarine technical trade support, training and facility support, research, development and test and evaluation programme support.

In addition, Electric Boat will provide research and development submarine / submersibles support, miscellaneous special studies, temporary alteration support, modernisation of submarine / submersible systems / subsystems and affordability / cost reduction technical support.

Work under the contract will be carried out in Connecticut, Washington, Virginia, Rhode Island, Rhode Island, Georgia and Hawaii, US. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a total potential value of $1.5bn, if all options are exercised, over five years.

The US Naval Sea Systems Command will serve as the contracting command.

Electric Boat’s employees will work on all aspects of the submarine lifecycle, from concept formulation and design through to construction, maintenance and modernisation, as well as inactivation and disposal.

Defence Technology