Fire Control Systems to be Developed for U.S. Navy SSBN Submarines

General Dynamics Mission Systems will provide development, production, installation and deployed-systems support for the Columbia and Dreadnaught ballistic missile class submarines By DA Editor / 03 Feb 2021
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An artist rendering of the future Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines.
Image Credit: U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems that includes a broad scope of work for the Columbia and Dreadnought ballistic missile submarine class.

This $43.2M award is comprised of development, production, installation, and deployed-systems support exclusively for the Columbia/Dreadnaught (CLB/UKD) class of U.S. and U.K. submarine strategic weapons systems and subsystems and coincides with one of the largest manufacturing floor expansions at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility.

General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Maritime and Strategic Systems line of business will deliver fire control systems for the U.S. Navy’s first Columbia class submarine (US01) and the first U.S. Columbia class training facility (Kings Bay Trident Training Facility), as well as installation support and pre-deployment planning for both U.S. and U.K. sites.

This contract also includes CLB/UKD design completion scope and continuation of design activities for the first planned refresh of the CLB/UKD fire control system, as well as design support for CLB/UKD planning at the KB-TTF and procurement of the infrastructure material to support the new Trident Training Facility labs.

“In November, we celebrated with our Navy partner, 65 years of phenomenal support to our Nation’s Strategic Deterrent Mission,” said Laura Hooks, vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Strategic Systems business. “We are entering the next era of development and production for the Navy’s fire control system on the newest fleet of submarines that will extend this deterrent capability for another 65 years.”

The majority of the work in support of this contract will take place in Pittsfield.

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