Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Columbia-class construction deal marks a watershed for USN

11th November 2020 - 13:45 GMT | by Jason Sherman in New York

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Exception to usual budgeting rules allows work to proceed on first pair of new SSBNs – but will there be implications for other USN modernisation programmes?

The USN on 5 November executed a landmark contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat to begin construction on a new generation of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), in a major milestone that keeps the top-priority Columbia-class programme on schedule.

Under a $9.4 billion cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification, General Dynamics ...

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