General Dynamics's (GD) wholly owned subsidiary Electric Boat has received a $46.4m contract from the US Navy for planning efforts in support of maintenance and modernisation work on the USS Montpelier.
Under this contract, Electric Boat will be responsible for performing the planning activities required to conduct an interim dry-docking period for the Los Angeles-class attack submarine.
It will include maintenance work, upgrades, and modernisation activities needed to make sure that the submarine is operating at full technical capacity.
According to GD, if all options are exercised, the present contract has a potential value of $259.6m.
Work under this project will take place at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton. The completion of the maintenance and modernisation work is scheduled for February 2018.
Commissioned in 1993, the Montpelier (SSN 765) is the 15th Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine.
Built by Northrop Grumman and GD, the Los Angeles-class submarines are designed to support anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, show-of-force, and strike missions, as well as mining, and search and rescue.
These submarines are equipped with land-attack and anti-ship version of the Tomahawk missile, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, as well as 533mm torpedo tubes and Mark 117 torpedo fire control systems.
Powered by a 26MW GE PWR S6G nuclear pressure water reactor, the underwater vessels feature electronic support measures (ESM), which include a BRD-7 direction finding system, the WLR-1H and WLR-8(v)2 interceptors, and the WLR-10 radar warning device.
Image: The US Navy's Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS Montpelier. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo.