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GDEB Receives U.S. Navy Contract for Ohio Replacement SSBN-X Submarine Development
 
General Dynamics Electric Boat at the Navy League’s 2015 Sea-Air-Space Exposition is showcasing for the first time a detailed Ohio Replacement scale model. The Ohio Replacement design maximizes commonality with the existing Ohio and Virginia classes to reduce risk and cost.
The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $23.6 million contract modification to continue development of the U.S. Navy’s Ohio Replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
 
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GDEB Receives U.S. Navy Contract for Ohio Replacement SSBN-X Submarine Development
 
The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $23.6 million contract modification to continue development of the U.S. Navy’s Ohio Replacement submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
     
General Dynamics Electric Boat at the Navy League’s 2015 Sea-Air-Space Exposition is showcasing for the first time a detailed Ohio Replacement scale model. The Ohio Replacement design maximizes commonality with the existing Ohio and Virginia classes to reduce risk and cost.The new Ohio Replacement model showcased by GDEB at Sea Air Space 2015. The Virginia class model underneath is at the same scale showing the sheer size of the SSBN.
     
Under the terms of the modification, Electric Boat will perform air conditioning unit detail design, prototype unit manufacture and technical manual development.

Initially awarded in December 2012, the five-year $1.85 billion contract calls for Electric Boat to perform research and development work for the Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021. The potential value of the overall contract is $2.5 billion.
     
General Dynamics Electric Boat at the Navy League’s 2015 Sea-Air-Space Exposition is showcasing for the first time a detailed Ohio Replacement scale model. The Ohio Replacement design maximizes commonality with the existing Ohio and Virginia classes to reduce risk and cost.The Ohio Replacement SSBN will be fitted with an X Rudder and pump jet.
     
According to the US Navy, the mission of the Ohio Replacement will be Sea Based Strategic Deterrence:
Replacing Ohio SSBN class, rehosting TRIDENT II D5 (LE) missile system, providing the most survivable leg of the Nation's strategic triad.

Key facts of Ohio Replacement as provided by NAVSEA during Sea Air Space 2015:
» The Ohio Replacement is the US Chief of Naval Operations number one acquisition priority.
» SSBNs are critical, stabilizing and efficient elements of US Nuclear deterrence and reassurance.
» The current Ohio class SSBN force is reaching the end of its operational life and must be replaced to meet the continuing mission requirements of USSTRATCOM.
» The Ohio Replacement will perform the same mission of today's Ohio class with two fewer ships at $40B in acquisition and life-cycle savings.
» The Ohio Replacement is being designed to have a longer service life, better availability and better survivability than their predecessors.
     
General Dynamics Electric Boat at the Navy League’s 2015 Sea-Air-Space Exposition is showcasing for the first time a detailed Ohio Replacement scale model. The Ohio Replacement design maximizes commonality with the existing Ohio and Virginia classes to reduce risk and cost.Navy Recognition understands the two "tube" like shapes at the stern of the SSBN are two reelable towed arrays.
     
Main Characteristics:
Number of submarines: 12
Length: 560 feet
Diameter: 43 feet
Speed: 20+ knots
Depth: >800 feet
Service life: ~42 years
Missile tubes: 16
Weapon system: TRIDENT II D5 (LE) and Mark 48 torpedoes
Propulsion: Electric drive
Submerged Displacement: 20,810 long tons
Crew: 155 mix gender (15 Officers, 20 Chiefs, Enlisted 120)
     
General Dynamics Electric Boat at the Navy League’s 2015 Sea-Air-Space Exposition is showcasing for the first time a detailed Ohio Replacement scale model. The Ohio Replacement design maximizes commonality with the existing Ohio and Virginia classes to reduce risk and cost.