US-based General Dynamics subsidiary Electric Boat won a contract for more than $300 million to maintain design and engineering specifications for Virginia Class submarines, the US Department of Defense said in a press release.
"Electric Boat has secured a one-year, $300.6 million contract to provide lead yard services and support development studies and design efforts for the U.S. Navy‘s Virginia-class submarines," says the release.
The Defense Department said that Electric Boat Corp. will help the military branch maintain and update the design and related drawings and data of each submarine under the Virginia class throughout the construction process and post-shakedown availability period.
DoD added the contract also covers engineering and associated lead yard services for direct maintenance and support of Virginia-class ship specifications.
The Naval Sea Systems Command will
obligate $43.3 million at the time of the award from the Navy’s fiscal years 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 shipbuilding and conversion funds as well as fiscal years 2015 and 2016 research, development, test and engineering funds.
Virginia-class submarines will serve as the Navy’s next-generation attack submarines and will replace retiring Los Angeles-class submarines.