The Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner, pictured during its sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean in 2015, was the second Block III vessel of the class to be commissioned. Photo by Chris Oxley/Huntington Ingalls Industries/U.S. Navy
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.