BAE Systems has been awarded a $368m contract to support the US Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office by providing systems engineering and support services for submarines.
Under the five-year contract, BAE will continue to assist in the integration of weapons system and provide test engineering services and special test equipment for SSP.
The contract will also see the company provide additional services such as IT support, develop fleet documentation materials, aid training programmes, undertake facility maintenance monitoring, and provide nuclear and conventional weapons safety support.
BAE Systems intelligence and security sector DeEtte Gray said: “We provide expertise to the navy to maintain, optimise, and deploy seaborne weapons systems that serve as a strategic deterrent against major threats to the security of our nation and its allies.”
SSP is tasked to supervise the strategic weapons system and attack weapons system on-board the US Navy’s Ohio-class submarines and the Vanguard-class and Dreadnought-class submarines of the UK Navy.
It also oversees the weapons system on the future Ohio-class submarine replacement.
In a separate development, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the first ship of the new fleet ballistic missile submarines (SSBN), formerly known as the Ohio-class replacement, will be christened as USS Columbia (SSBN 826).
The Columbia-class SSBNs, equipped to carry nuclear warheads, are considered critical and most survivable element of the nation’s strategic triad, as well as of the US nuclear deterrence and assurance policy.
Image: BAE to support weapons systems on submarines. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.