GENERAL DYNAMICS & NUCLEAR WEAPONS
The following information is based on information provided by a
Don't Bank on the Bomb report on private companies in the nuclear weapons industry.
General Dynamics is involved in the production and maintenance of the Trident II for the US and UK.
General Dynamics is also responsible for integrating the Trident missile in the new US Columbia-class program
and the United Kingdom Dreadnought-class submarines.
General Dynamics has for many years been involved in extending the lifecycle of the Trident II nuclear
missiles of the US Navy. The submarine-launched Trident II missile is currently aboard US Ohio-class
and British Vanguard-class submarines. The US plans to keep the Trident II missiles deployed until 2042.
Fire Control Systems
In December 2015, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
(GDAIS) was awarded a US$30.6 million contract for work that included maintenance of the
fire control systems aboard the US and UK ballistic missile submarines, integrated nuclear weapon security
systems and missile flight test systems, and missile fire control for the Ohio replacement and UK Successor
Dreadnought-class Common Missile Compartment Program. The original contracted work was expected
be completed by December 2020; however, there have been numerous contract modifications. These
modifications include, in February 2016, costing US Navy funds some US$2 million; and United Kingdom funds
some US$15 million.
The contract was again modified in April 2017, when GDAIS was awarded a modification to the
existing contract, of US$32.9 million. The contract was extended to 2021. In July 2017, the
contract was modified again to the value of US$8.8 million. The contract was updated 5 more
times between November 2017 and December 2018 for a total of US$80 million. Work is
now expected to be completed in September 2023.
Strategic Systems Programs Shipboard Integration
In April 2017, General Dynamics Electric Boat was awarded a US$13.1 million contract to
produce US and UK ship alterations for the Strategic
Systems Programs Shipboard Integration and support
installations. Furthermore, General Dynamics is to
provide “technical engineering support for Trident II
Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile programmes, Ohio class missile requirements, attack weapon system trainer
requirements, and advanced weapons system development
requirements.” The contract also includes strategic
weapon systems technical engineering support for ship
systems and subsystems supporting SSBN weapon
systems as well as technical services for Trident engineering, refuelling, and overhaul maintenance period and
demonstration and shakedown operation.
The contract contains options which, if exercised, can bring the
contract value to a maximum dollar value of US$46.5 million. In September 2018 the contract
was modified for US$7.7 million “to provide various labour and material items in support
of Strategic Weapons Systems Ashore, Missile Repair, United Kingdom Dreadnought Trainer upgrades and
training for Strategic Systems Programs”. The work is expected to be completed by April 2021.
Integrated Product and Process Development
In September 2017, General Dynamics Electric Boat was awarded a US$5 billion contract “for
the Integrated Product and Process Development design completion for the Columbia-class ballistic missile
submarines. The contract also includes component and technology development, missile tube module
and reactor compartment bulkhead prototyping and manufacturing efforts, and United Kingdom Strategic
Weapon Support System kit manufacturing for the Columbia class ballistic missile submarines”. Work is
expected to be completed by December 2031. The contract was modified for US$126.2 million in April 2018, and
again for US$480.6 million in September 2018.
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