The US Navy (USN) awarded a USD22.2 billion fixed-price incentive fee, multi-year procurement contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) on 2 December to build nine Block V Virginia-class submarines - eight with the Virginia Payload Module (VPM) - with an option to build a 10th ship, the service said.
The 10th ship option also would include a VPM, an 84-foot section that provides more than three times the missile strike capacity of the current Virginia-class submarines.
The contract runs from Fiscal Year (FY 2019) through FY 2023 - with deliveries scheduled from 2025 through 2029 - and continues the Virginia class teaming arrangement between prime contractor GDEB in Groton, Connecticut, and the major subcontractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division (HII-NNS) in Newport News, Virginia, said US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in a statement.
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