Electric Boat lands $5.1B contract for Columbia-class submarines

ELECTRIC BOAT won a $5.1 billion contract to continue work on the new Columbia-class submarine for the U.S. Navy. Above, a Virgina-class submarine. / COURTESY ELECTRIC BOAT
ELECTRIC BOAT won a $5.1 billion contract to continue work on the new Columbia-class submarine for the U.S. Navy. Above, a Virgina-class submarine. / COURTESY ELECTRIC BOAT

NORTH KINGSTOWN – General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $5.1 billion contract for integrated product and process development design completion for the new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Most of the work will be undertaken at Electric Boat’s Groton, Conn., shipyard (77.4 percent). However, 9.9 percent of the work will take place at Electric Boat’s Quonset location.

“Working closely with the Navy and the submarine industrial base, Electric Boat will continue to lead critical aspects of the Columbia-class development effort, including design, material procurement, construction and operating-cost reduction, to achieve an affordable and effective program,” said Electric Boat President Jeffrey S. Geiger in prepared remarks.

The contract also includes component and technology development, missile tube module and reactor compartment bulkhead prototyping and manufacturing efforts, and United Kingdom Strategic Weapon Support System kit manufacturing for the Columbia-class submarines.

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The Navy plans to build a fleet of 12 Columbia-class submarines, with construction scheduled to begin in the fall of 2020.

Electric Boat was not able to answer whether or how this will affect staffing at the company’s Quonset location at the time of publication.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.

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