BAE Systems receives Virginia payload tube order
BAE Systems will produce more payload tubes for the US Navy’s Block V Virginia-class attack submarines under a follow-on contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat announced on 25 July.
The company will produce seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM) – 28 in total.
The latest Block V Virginia-class boats will have significant additional capability, with increased firepower and payload capacity. The VPM extends the length of Block V subs over previous versions of the Virginia class by adding a mid-body section to create more payload space. Each large-diameter payload tube can store and launch up to seven Tomahawk and future guided cruise missiles.
BAE Systems is also providing nine payload tubes under previously awarded VPM contracts.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2021.
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