Navy Awards Contract for Columbia-class Submarine Development
WASHINGTON — The Navy has awarded a $5.1 billion contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat for Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia-class submarine, the service said in a Sept. 21 release.
The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia-class fleet ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the Common Missile Compartment.
“The Columbia-class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today,” said Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer. “This contract represents a significant investment in maintaining our strategic deterrent into the future, as well as our ongoing partnership with the United Kingdom.”
The contract award follows a successful Milestone B approval on Jan. 4 formally initiated the Columbia Program entry into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase.
“Awarding this contract is an important step in ensuring an on-time construction start in FY 2021,” said Rear Adm. David Goggins, Columbia-class program manager. “The Navy and our industry partners are excited to begin this important phase of the Navy’s number one acquisition priority.”
The 12-ship Columbia class will replace the existing Ohio-class nuclear ballistic-missile submarine force, which provides the United States with a credible and survivable sea-based strategic deterrent. The first patrol of the lead ship, SSBN 826, is scheduled for fiscal 2031.