$14.7M for SSGN Tactical Trident Long-Lead MaterialsMay 20, 2005 08:32 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
Electric Boat Corp. in Groton, CT is being awarded a $14.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-02-C-2901) for the Procurement of long lead time material for the conversion of the Ohio Class SSBN missile submarine USS Georgia (SSBN-729) to an SSGN 726 Ohio Class Tactical Trident special operations and strike submarine. Work will be performed in Quonset Point, RI (89%), Groton, CT (10%) and Norfolk, VA (1%) and is expected to be complete by September 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract.
At a total investment of about $400 million per ship (not including replacement cores) the ultra-stealthy Ohio-class SSBNs have their ballistic missiles removed and replaced with 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles as well as Special Forces (and in future, UUVs). They retain the multi-mission capability found in SSN attack subs, while providing a lot more space for future payloads and mission adaptation. These features provide a transformational degree of firepower in a survivable and virtually undetectable platform that can remain on station.