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US Navy Awards $102.8Mln Contract for Nuclear Submarine Development

© AP Photo / Robert F. BukatyVirginia-Class submarine
Virginia-Class submarine - Sputnik International
General Dynamics Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements, according to company's press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Navy has awarded a $102.8 million contract modification to provide research and development and shipyard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, General Dynamics Electric Boat announced in a news release on Wednesday.

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"Under the contract, Electric Boat will undertake development studies and other work related to Virginia-class submarine design improvements," the release said. "Electric Boat will perform research and development work required to evaluate new technology to be inserted in newly built Virginia-class ships."

The modification brings the cumulative value of the Virginia-class submarine contract, initially awarded in 2010, to $1.1 billion, according to the release.

The US Navy commissioned the Virginia-class nuclear-powered, fast attack submarines in order to replace its older Los Angeles-class attack subs.

The Virginia-class submarines will be constructed through 2043, and are expected to remain in service past 2060.

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