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Electric Boat receives $5.1B contract for Columbia-class submarines
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017


Navy takes delivery of new attack submarine
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017 - The future U.S. Navy submarine USS Colorado, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and General Dynamics Electric Boat, has been delivered to the service.

U.S. Sea Systems Command said delivery of the submarine occurred Thursday. The vessel is expected to be commissioned into service next spring.

"Colorado's delivery brings another Block III Virginia-class submarine to the fleet within budget," Navy Capt. Mike Stevens, Virginia-class submarine program manager said in a press release. "The submarine's outstanding quality continues the program's tradition of delivering combat ready submarines to the fleet.

"The Colorado is the most capable Virginia-class submarine bringing advanced capabilities and technology to the Navy fleet."

The future USS Colorado, or SSN 788, is the 15th Virginia-class submarine produced for the Navy and the fifth Block III model. Block IIIs feature a redesigned bow with enhanced payload capabilities -- 12 individual vertical launch tubes were replaced with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes that can launch six Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Construction of the ship began in 2012. It was christened last year.

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $5.1 billion contract for development work on the Columbia-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine.

The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, provides for Integrated Product and Process Development design completion, technology and reactor development, and United Kingdom Strategic Weapon Support System kit manufacturing. Portions of the contract fall under foreign military sales to the United Kingdom.

The Columbia-class is expected to replace the current fleet of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. It will field 16 Trident II D5 nuclear ballistic missiles along with torpedos for self-defense. Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles form a key part of the "nuclear triad" of U.S. land, air, and sea-based nuclear weapons.

Ballistic missile submarines are designed for long-endurance nuclear deterrence patrols operating under near complete silence. They form a difficult to detect and destroy fail-safe against the possibility of an enemy first strike destroying land and air-based nuclear delivery systems.

The first of the 12 planned to be built, the Columbia, is expected to be completed by 2031 at a cost of $10.4 billion counting research and engineering costs. Follow-on vessels are expected to cost over $5 billion a piece.

The U.K. Strategic Weapons Support System is part of the Trident II ballistic missile support program. The Trident II is the submarine launched ballistic missile used by both the United States and Britain, and will be mounted on both the Columbia and Britain's Dreadnought-class submarines.

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Ex-minister questioned as Israel submarine graft probe widens
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Israeli police questioned a former minister and a political advisor Monday as a probe widened over suspected corruption in the purchase of submarines for Israel's navy from Germany's ThyssenKrupp. The remand of Eliezer Sandberg, who was science minister in 2003 and served as infrastructure minister in 2004, was extended till Wednesday after questioning, police said. Rami Tayeb, an adviso ... read more

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