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US Navy intends to build up submarine force

The American military branch awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a contract valued at $22.2 billion for the construction of nine new SSN 774 Virginia-class submarines
21:20, 3 December 2019

Virginia-class submarine
Naval News

The U.S. Navy ordered new submarines, making a big deal with General Dynamics Electric Boat company. According to NavalNews, the contract is worth $22.2 billion; it foresees that the producer will provide nine new Virginia-class submarines. 

"The contract is described as “the largest shipbuilding contract the Navy has ever awarded” by the top Navy officials at Pentagon. Prime contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) and major subcontractor Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding are the primary beneficiaries of the new deal. The multi-year ‘Block V’ contract enables Electric Boat as prime contractor, along with its teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding, to deliver Virginia-class fast-attack submarines with advanced capabilities and expanded capacity to the Navy. Construction on Block V ships will begin this year, with deliveries scheduled from 2025 through 2029", reads the article.

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The outlet provided specifications of these particular subs. "Virginia-class submarines displace 7,800 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. With VPM, the submarines will displace 10,200 tons and have a length of 460 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land-attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles", the story says.

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