Goodrich Corp. (Charlotte, N.C.) revealed on Jan. 5 that it has received a $49 million (USD) contract from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Newport News, Va.) to provide several composite components for the next eight Virginia-class fast-attack nuclear submarines. Goodrich’s Engineered Polymer Products team in Jacksonville, Fla., builds the components, which include the bow dome and sonar and weapons equipment. One ship set will be constructed in 2010, with the build rate accelerating to two ship sets per year from 2011 through 2013.
“These contract awards continue the core work that is the foundation of our submarine business,” said Jim Pollock, vice president for Goodrich’s Engineered Polymer Products team. “We have been able to expand our composite product content on the Virginia-class Block III multi-year buy, and will remain focused on securing additional content for Block III as well as developing composite solutions for Virginia-class Block IV and the Ohio-class replacement submarine.”
The Virginia-class submarines are the first designed for the post-Cold War era. General Dynamics Electric Boat (Groton, Conn.), with its construction partner Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, now has contracts to build 18 of the 30 Virginia-class ships the U.S. Navy ultimately expects to put into service.