Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] won a $2.2 billion contract modification from prime contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat [GD] to help build the first two Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), the company said Nov. 23. GD is the prime contractor to build both Navy ...

A Navy official said they have now developed and demonstrated the utility of a submarine-launched unmanned aerial system (SLUAS) to help target torpedoes. The Navy used authorities under a middle tier acquisition approved in March 2019 to begin the project in May 2019, with three demonstrations ...

This week Navy officials said they are trying to extend the lives of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) beyond the current 42-year service life to provide more schedule margin for the Columbia-class successor vessels. “We have programs in place to extend the lives of submarines as ...

A top Navy official said the service plans to deploy the first conventional hypersonic weapons on Ohio-class submarines by 2025 before adding them to newer Virginia-class vessels starting in 2028. The weapons, called Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) capability, are scheduled to be deployed first to ...