General Dynamics Awarded $96 Million to Support Trident II Submarine Strategic Weapons Systems

FAIRFAX, Va. – The U.S. Navy recent­ly award­ed Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Advanced Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems a $95.9 mil­lion con­tract for pro­duc­tion and deployed-sys­tems sup­port of U.S. and U.K. Tri­dent II sub­ma­rine strate­gic weapons sys­tems, includ­ing the SSBN fire-con­trol sys­tem, the SSGN attack weapon-con­trol sys­tem, the U.S. SSBN-replace­ment and the U.K. SSBN-suc­ces­sor com­mon mis­sile com­part­ment. The con­tract has a max­i­mum val­ue of $225 mil­lion if all options are exer­cised. Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Advanced Infor­ma­tion­al Sys­tems is a busi­ness unit of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics (NYSE: GD). 

“We have a 50 year part­ner­ship with the Navy sup­port­ing strate­gic weapons sys­tems and this award is a val­i­da­tion of our team’s per­for­mance in sup­port­ing the mod­ern­iza­tion and enhance­ment of the Tri­dent pro­gram,” said Lou Von Thaer, pres­i­dent of Gen­er­al Dynam­ics Advanced Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems. “Look­ing for­ward, the intro­duc­tion of the com­mon mis­sile com­part­ment will be instru­men­tal for the next gen­er­a­tion of SSBN plat­forms for the U.S. and U.K. navies. Deploy­ing a com­mon com­part­ment across dif­fer­ent plat­forms will decrease cost and intro­duce more flex­i­bil­i­ty for meet­ing today’s mis­sion require­ments and those of the next gen­er­a­tion of sailors.” 

The Tri­dent sub­ma­rine force is the back­bone of the U.S. and U.K. navies’ nuclear deter­rence strate­gies. To ensure this capa­bil­i­ty remains at peak readi­ness and safe­ty, the U.S. Navy under­took the D5 Life Exten­sion Pro­gram in 2002 to replace aging com­po­nents of the Tri­dent II missile. 

Under this con­tract, Gen­er­al Dynam­ics will con­tin­ue to over­see ele­ments of the D5 mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram, includ­ing life­cy­cle sup­port of the fire-con­trol and attack weapon-con­trol sys­tems. The com­pa­ny will pro­vide engi­neer­ing sup­port, per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion, logis­tics, fleet doc­u­men­ta­tion, reli­a­bil­i­ty main­te­nance and train­ing. The con­tract also calls for engi­neer­ing sup­port of the U.S. and U.K. com­mon mis­sile com­part­ment includ­ing con­cept devel­op­ment, pro­to­typ­ing and ini­tial design efforts. Work will con­tin­ue to be per­formed in Pitts­field, Mass., where Gen­er­al Dynam­ics cur­rent­ly employs over 1,100 employees. 

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