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    The shipbuilding company General Dynamics Electric Boat was ordered to construct the first two nuclear-powered Virginia-class attack submarines of the Block V, getting some $126 million from the US Navy for that purpose.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — General Dynamics Electric Boat has received a $126 million order for the US navy to start building the first two nuclear-powered Virginia-class attack submarines, General Dynamics said in a press release on Thursday.

    "General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $126.5 million contract by the US Navy for long lead time material for the first two Block V Virginia-class submarines, SSN-802 and SSN-803," the release stated.

    Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. It has been building submarines since 1900.

    "The contract provides funding for steam and electric-plant components, the main propulsion units and ship-service turbine generators, and miscellaneous hull, mechanical and electrical-system components to support construction of the two submarines beginning in fiscal year 2019," the release said.

    The Virginia Payload Module is comprised of four additional payload tubes in a new hull section inserted amid ships to boost the vessels’ strike capacity by more than 230 percent, the release added.


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