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General Dynamics to continue U.S., U.K. submarine fire control systems work

By Ryan Maass
General Dynamics to continue U.S., U.K. submarine fire control systems work
General Dynamics' fire control systems work supports the U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine and the U.K. Royal Navy's Successor-class submarine, which is to replace the Vanguard class. Photo by the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- General Dynamics received a contract from the U.S. Navy to continue working on fire control systems for U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy submarines.

The contract, potentially valued at $440 million over seven years, supports the Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine and the Royal Navy's Successor-class ballistic missile submarine. Work includes fire control subsystem installation, maintenance, sustainment and training. The contract also includes work on the Navy's Ohio-class guided missile submarine weapon control system.

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"Continuing the work we have done on existing Ohio SSBN fire control systems, and the development of the fire control system for the Navy's newest fleet of nuclear submarines, demonstrates our ongoing relationship built on trust, partnership and innovation with the U.S. and U.K. naval forces," General Dynamics Missions Systems' Maritime and Strategic Systems general manager Carlo Zaffanella said in a statement.

The contract is a follow-up to an earlier omnibus contract given to General Dynamics in December 2014, which supported the development, production and installation for U.S. and U.K. Trident II submarine weapon systems.

Work on the contract will be performed at General Dynamics' facility in Pittsfield, Mass.

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