BAE Systems gets to work on US Navy’s Virginia-class submarines

Defence company BAE Systems has received a contract to work on propulsors on the US Navy’s Virginia-class submarines.

As disclosed, the company will provide the material needed to support the manufacturing and delivery of Virginia Class submarine propulsors.

The value of the contract is $20.3 million.

In the past couple of months, the US Navy welcomed two new Virginia-class submarines, USS Montana and USS Oregon.

Montana was commissioned in June, while Oregon entered into service in May this year.

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Montana is the third Block IV Virginia-class submarine to enter service, designed to carry out the core missions of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; delivery of special operations forces; strike warfare; irregular warfare; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and mine warfare.

These capabilities allow the submarine force to operate anywhere, at any time, and contribute to regional stability and the preservation of future peace.

The vessel is 377 feet (115 meters) long, has a 34-foot (10.3 meter) beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet (244 meters) and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.

It was delivered by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division in March this year.

On the other hand, USS Oregon was christened in a traditional ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in October 2019 and delivered to the US Navy on 26 February 2022.

The ship is the 20th Virginia-class submarine and the second of the Block IV Virginia-class submarines.