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Electric Boat has a US Navy contract worth $203 million to produce missile tubes in support of the next generation Columbia-Class submarines as part of the US-UK common missile compartment program.

"Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $ $203,073,701 to a previously awarded contract for the manufacturing of missile tubes in support of the Columbia Class Submarine [program]," the release stated on Thursday. "This is a joint US-UK common missile compartment program and this modification includes foreign military sales to the United Kingdom."

The common missile compartment was developed by both countries and will be used on the next-generation Columbia and Dreadnought strategic nuclear submarines, according to the Defense Department.

The tubes will house the Trident II D-5 nuclear missile. Built by Lockheed Martin, the missile has made more than 160 successful test flights.

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