Electric Boat tapped for repair parts for Virginia-class subs

June 12 (UPI) — Electric Boat has been awarded a contract modification by the U.S. Navy for electronic repair parts for the future Virginia-class submarines New Jersey and Iowa.

The contract, awarded by Naval Sea Systems Command and announced on Monday, is worth $36.4 million and comes under a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previous contract for work on the Virginia Class Submarines Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, New Jersey and PCU Iowa.

The modification is for onboard Block IV and electronic repair parts to be stored on the ships while they are at sea, the Pentagon said in a press release.

Virginia-class submarines, which have been replacing Los Angeles-class vessels in recent years, are about 7,800 tons and 377 feet long, and can move at more than 25 knots when submerged. The vessels are designed to attack targets on shore with Tomahawk cruise missiles, as well as conduct anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, conduct covert surveillance and deliver and support special forces.

The New Jersey and Iowa are the fifth and sixth named ships of the Block IV class, which are all either under or approaching construction.

Work on the new contract will be conducted in Groton, Conn., with work expected to wrap up by February 2021 for the New Jersey and August 2021 for the Iowa.

Navy fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion funds of $9.1 million have been obligated to Electric Boat at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.