Naval Sea Systems Command (USA) has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $77.8 million contract for Virginia-class submarine lead-yard services. The contract provides funding for design-yard services in support of research and development efforts for the baseline Virginia (SSN-774) design, and technology insertion and upgrades for follow-on ships of the class. The contract also provides for design-yard support for construction of the planned 30 Virginia-class ships.
These submarines will provide the U. S. Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain the nationís undersea superiority well into the 21st century. Currently, Electric Boat and its construction teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding, are working on a $4.2 billion contract to build the first four ships of the class. Electric Boat will deliver the first ship, Virginia, in 2004.
Representing a revolution in advanced design and construction techniques and mission flexibility, Virginia-class submarines will provide the U. S. Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain undersea superiority well into the 21st century.
Some shipís data: Displacement - 7,700 tons (submerged); Length - 377 feet; Hull Diameter - 34 feet; Speed - 25+ knots; Diving Depth - 800+ feet