Leonardo DRS has been engaged to supply integrated electric propulsion components for the US Navy’s next-generation Columbia Class submarines in contracts worth more than US$1 billion.
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The Italian-owned defence contractor made the announcement on 4 April and is expecting to manufacture the parts at company facilities in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Missouri.
The US Navy is scheduled to field a class of 12 Columbia Class ballistic missile submarines to replace the current fleet of 14 Ohio Class ballistic missile submarines.
Leonardo DRS chief executive officer Bill Lynn said investments in the company’s propulsion and power generation technology have created opportunities to use proven electric drive capabilities for future naval platforms.
“This award represents our company’s dedication to the warfighter; developing innovative systems for critical next-generation national security platforms like the Columbia Class ballistic submarine,” he said.
“We are proud to be partnered with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the US Navy to provide the state-of-the-art components that are at the core of this critical US Navy platform.”