General Dynamics to Support US & UK Ballistic Missile Submarines

General Dynamics Mission Systems will provide fire control systems for the US Navy’s Columbia-class and the UK Royal Navy’s Dreadnought-class future ballistic missile submarines By DA Reporter / 26 Jul 2022
General Dynamics Electric Boat Columbia Class Ballistic Missile Submarines

General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a broad scope of work for the Columbia and Dreadnought ballistic missile submarine classes to support development, production and installation of fire control systems.

This contract, which has a value of $272.9 million over the next six years, is the second for General Dynamics Mission Systems and is comprised of development, production and installation support for the Columbia/Dreadnought (CLB/UKD) class of US and UK submarine strategic weapons systems and subsystems. It will also support strategic weapons systems upgrades on the currently fielded US and UK strategic ballistic missile submarines. 

Work will primarily be performed in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by July 2028.

General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Maritime and Strategic Systems line of business will deliver the fire control system for the US Navy’s second and third Columbia-class submarine (US02) / US03) and the third UK Dreadnought class submarine (UK11) as well as installation support and pre-deployment planning for both US and UK sites. 

This contract also includes Columbia and Dreadnought design completion scope and continuation of design activities for the first planned refresh of the Columbia and Dreadnought fire control system.

“The US Columbia and UK Dreadnought class submarines are of strategic importance to our nation and our allies,” said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems. “General Dynamics has been supporting previous submarine programs for more than 65 years and we are extending our support through the development, production and installation of mission critical systems for this new fleet of submarines.”

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