General Dynamics has been awarded a $55.9m contract for 18 missile tubes for the US Navy and the Royal Navy.
According to a contract notice, work will be performed in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and is for the manufacturing of 18 missile tubes in support of the US Columbia class fleet ballistic missile submarines and the UK Dreadnought class ballistic missile submarines. The notice is displayed below.
“General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $55,904,934 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-17-C-2117. Work will be performed in Quonet Point, Rhode Island, and is for the manufacturing of 18 missile tubes in support of Columbia-class fleet ballistic missile submarines and the United Kingdom (U.K.) Dreadnought. Work is expected to be complete by May 2028.
This is a joint U.S. and U.K. common missile compartment program, and the modification is funded with U.K. Foreign Military Sales funding. U.K. funding in the amount of $12,354,112 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.”
Work is expected to be complete by May 2028.
The programme faced some issues in 2018 after faulty welding was identified on missile tube systems, the issue was later resolved and is understood not to have impacted on the Dreadnought programme.
The Dreadnought class will replace the Vanguard class submarines from 2028 onwards and will host the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent.