On September 30th, the Navy announced a $475 million modification to the Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) contract to continue to advance the construction of the Columbia-class of submarines, the nation’s next-generation sea-based strategic deterrent.
The modification provides funding for shipyard execution work, planning, engineering, design efforts, test and evaluation support, and material procurement. This contract modification also provides funding for submarine industrial base development and expansion in support of the Columbia-class specifically, and the broader nuclear shipbuilding enterprise, as part of an integrated enterprise shipbuilding plan.
“Since the inception of the Columbia program more than 14 years ago, Electric Boat has leveraged more than a century of submarine design and construction experience into this priority program,” said Kevin Graney, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat. “Our efforts have been focused on reducing technical risk, investing in our workforce and facilities and investing in our supply chain. This funding provides crucial support to our industrial base partners to ensure we meet the needs of the Navy.”