USS Virginia

UTC Aerospace Systems has secured an order form Newport News Shipbuilding to deliver a number of composite components for the US Navy’s next ten Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines.

Under the agreement, UTC will supply the composite components including the bow dome and rubber boot, along with a variety of external fairing structures.

Aerostructures president Marc Duvall said: "Our proven performance in supplying composite components on Virginia-class Block III was crucial to ensuring we continue to be a key supplier for this programme.

"These awards continue the core work that is the foundation of our submarine business.

"Our dedicated team of engineers and manufacturing experts at EPP is committed to delivering superior composite solutions in support of Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat as they deliver the world’s best submarines to the US fleet."

"These awards continue the core work that is the foundation of our submarine business."

Work under this contract will be carried out by Engineered Polymer Products, which is part of UTC’s aerostructures business unit. UTC will carry out the deliveries of components through up to 2020.

The new Virginia-class attack submarine, collectively referred to as Block IV, is an advanced stealth multi-mission nuclear-powered submarine for deep ocean anti-submarine warfare and littoral operations.

The vessels are equipped with 12 vertical missile launch tubes and four 533mm torpedo tubes and the vertical launching system has the capacity to launch 16 Tomahawk submarine-launched cruise missiles in a single salvo.

Recently, UTC received a $39m contract from the US Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center to deliver sonar domes for surface combat ships.

Image: USS Virginia underway in Groton, Connecticut, July 2004. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by General Dynamics Electric Boat.