US Navy contracts GD to continue common missile compartment development

27 April 2017 (Last Updated April 27th, 2017 18:30)

General Dynamics (GD) Electric Boat has been awarded a $95.5m contract modification from the US Navy to continue development of the common missile compartment (CMC).

US Navy contracts GD to continue common missile compartment development

General Dynamics (GD) Electric Boat has been awarded a $95.5m contract modification from the US Navy to continue development of the common missile compartment (CMC).

The CMC is being developed for the use on-board both the US Navy’s new Columbia-class submarine and the UK Royal Navy’s Dreadnought-class ballistic-missile submarine.

General Dynamics Electric Boat will be able to procure 17 missile tubes to support the CMC's development under the newly modified deal.

The US Navy’s Columbia-class programme was formerly known as Ohio replacement programme (ORP) and involves the development of 12 new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), which are intended to replace the current fleet of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs.

"General Dynamics Electric Boat will be able to procure 17 missile tubes to support the CMC's development under the newly modified deal."

The Columbia-class submarine programme achieved its Milestone B review in January this year.

General Dynamics Electric Boat was awarded an initial five-year contract to carry out research and development work for the US Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine in December 2012

The company will begin construction of the submarine in 2021 under the $1.85bn contract, which has a potential value of approximately $2.5bn.

The Royal Navy’s new Dreadnought class of nuclear deterrent submarines will replace the current Vanguard-class. The UK Government have committed £1.3bn in funding for the construction of four Trident ballistic-missile-carrying Dreadnought submarines, with the first vessel slated to enter into service in the early 2030s.


Image: An illustration of the US Navy’s Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. Photo: courtesy of Captain William J. Brougham, USN - Programme Director, OHIO Replacement Programme – NAVSEA.