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May 27, 2005

Electric Boat gets $9.5 million R&D contract

It looks like the Navy is getting rolling on the Tango Bravo project aimed at developing a smaller, more affordable submarine. Part of that project is the concept of mounting the torpedo system outside of the submarine's prssure hull.

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced that General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $9,540,087 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for research and development in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Advanced Technology Office (ATO), external weapon stow and launch proposal.

The contractor will develop and demonstrate an external weapon launch system that can stow, communicate with and deliver an unencapsulated MK 48 Advanced Capability torpedo from outside the pressure hull.

Work will be performed in Groton, Conn., and is expected to be completed by November 2005.

Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was competitively procured and advertised via Broad Agency Announcement 05-03, with 31 offers received.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division, Newport, R.I., is the contracting activity (N66604-05-C-3181).

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