Navy's next-gen stratetgic submarine to be developed by General Dynamics

GROTON, Conn. General Dynamics Electric Boat won three Navy contracts totaling about $4.6 billion for design and development of the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine. The contracts also include continued construction as well as purchasing of materials for Virginia-class attack submarines.

Under the five-year, $1.85 billion Ohio Replacement Program contract, Electric Boat engineers will perform research and development work for the new class of ballistic missile submarines, which are scheduled for construction beginning in 2021. Electric Boat also will continue t develop the joint U.S. Navy/Royal Navy Common Missile Compartment for Ohio Replacement submarines and the United Kingdom's Successor-class ballistic missile submarine. The potential value of this contract is about $1.995 billion.

Electric Boat also won a $2.5 billion to build two Virginia-class submarines – South Dakota (SSN-790) and Delaware (SSN-791) – the 17th and 18th ships of the class. Construction of these submarines is shared between Electric Boat and its teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding. For the third award, Electric Boat will be awarded $308 million to purchase long lead time materials for the as-yet unnamed Virginia-class submarines SSN-792, SSN-793, and SSN-794.