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Navy issues $23.4M contract for Block 5 Virginia-class sub hardware

Dec. 6 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems received a $ 23.4 million deal to procure hardware for Virginia-class submarines, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

The contract funds the purchase of long-lead-time material for two Virginia Block 5 hulls, one Virginia installation and checkout kit, one pre-production unit and associated hardware assets for testing, according to a press release.

On Tuesday, General Dynamics Electric Boat received a $ 22.2 billion contract to build nine Block 5 subs for the Navy.

Virginia-class submarines are built to conduct anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface-ship warfare, strike warfare and special operations support as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Block 5 submarines have an additional payload module and more payload tubes for launching cruise missiles.

Work will be performed in Syracuse and is expected to be completed by December 2020.

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