General Dynamics receives $497M contract to support U.S. Navy’s fleet of Columbia, Ford, Virginia submarines
- May 23, 2019
General Dynamics has received a $497 million contract modification to support the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.
According to the Department of Defense, this submarine industrial base development and expansion effort utilizes the enhanced acquisition authorities contained in 10 U.S. Code §2218a, National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund, to improve sub-tier vendor stability and gain economic efficiencies based on production economies for major components.
The Columbia-class Program Executive Office is on track to begin construction with USS Columbia (SSBN 826) in fiscal year 2021, deliver in fiscal year 2028, and on patrol in 2031.
“The nuclear shipbuilding industrial base is ramping up production capability to support the increased demand associated with the Navy’s force structure assessment,” the Pentagon said. “Improved capacity at the sub-tier vendors reduces risk to the Columbia, Virginia and Ford class programs.”