General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has secured two contract modifications totalling around $35.8m from the US Navy for submarine development work.

Electric Boat will provide advanced submarine research and development studies to support a wide range of technology areas comprising manufacturability, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials, under the first contract, which is valued at $19.8m.

As part of the deal, the company will also conduct research and development work in manning, hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and safety.

According to General Dynamics, the contract will also support near-term Virginia-class technology insertion, future submarine concepts and core technologies.

The contract, which was initially awarded in November 2010, has a potential value of around $710.6m over five years.

Electric Boat will continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the US Ohio replacement submarine, as part of the second contract, which is valued at $16m.

The company is planning to procure missile tube long-lead-time material and design and manufacture hardware for the project.

The five-year $1.85bn contract, which was initially awarded in December 2012, will call on Electric Boat to perform research and development work for the Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine that is scheduled to start construction in 2012.

General Dynamics said that the potential value of the overall contract is expected to be around $2.3bn.

Defence Technology