British multinational defense, security, and aerospace company have received a follow-on contract to produce 28 more payload tubes for the U.S. Navy’s Block V Virginia-class strike vessels.
According to the corporate’s statement, the U.S. Navy employing BAE Systems payload tubes to extend Virginia-class submarine attack capability.
Under the deal with General Dynamics Electric Boat, a manufacturer of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will ship seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM).
The Navy is adding a vital capability to the newest Virginia-class boats by growing the firepower and payload capability of the Block V vessels. The VPM extends the length of Block V subs over earlier versions of the Virginia class by including a mid-body part to create more payload space. Every large-diameter payload tube can store and launch as much as seven Tomahawk and future led cruise missiles.
BAE Systems is also offering nine payload tubes under previously granted VPM contracts. As the leading supplier of propulsors and other submarine systems, the corporate has a long history of supporting the Navy’s submarine line. Along with payload tubes, BAE Systems is also supplying propulsors, spare hardware, and tail cones for Block IV Virginia-class submarines and is set to do the same for Block V.
Tasks under this agreement shall be performed at the firm’s facility in Louisville, Kentucky, with shipments scheduled to begin in 2021.
“We’ve spent heavily in the people, processes, and instruments required to ship these payload tubes to Electric Boat efficiently and to assist in making sure the Navy’s undersea line remains a dominant global power,” said Joe Senftle, vice chairman and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems.