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General Dynamics has won US Navy contract worth $146 million to provide design support requirements for Columbia-class submarine, that is designed to replace the Trident missile-armed Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

“General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $146,725,510 modification to increase the design support requirements under a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2128) for Columbia-class submarine (formerly known as the Ohio Replacement),” the US Department of Defense announced Thursday.

This contract includes design work for the Columbia-class submarine program; shipbuilder and vendor component and technology development; engineering integration; concept design studies; cost reduction initiatives using a design for affordability process; and full scale prototype manufacturing and assembly. Additionally, this contract provides for engineering analysis, should-cost evaluations, and technology development and integration efforts.

Work is expected to be completed by September 2017.

Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $37,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year, the statement added.

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