27 January 2017
Northrop Grumman has received a $22.7 million contract modification to provide engineering and design services for the U.S. Navy's Common Missile Compartment.
The modification is the latest adjustment for the Common Missile Compartment project, a device slated for use aboard the Columbia-class submarines under development. The company received its last modification for the program in March 2016.
Northrop Grumman's contract with the U.S. Navy includes options which, if exercised, have the potential to bring the total contract value to $198 million.
Under the new modification, the company is tasked with providing additional technical engineering, design and development engineering, component and full-scale test and evaluation, and tactical underwater launch hardware production.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed at a number of locations including Sunnyvale, Calif.; Ridgecrest, Calif.; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; and others. The work is expected to be complete by September 2020.
Northrop Grumman received all funding at the time of the modification award. The Strategic Systems Programs in Washington, D.C., is listed as the contracting activity.
The Common Missile Compartment is being designed to hold the weapons to be used by Colombia-class submarines, formerly referred to as Ohio Replacement vessels. Once completed, the submarines will be armed with Trident D5 missiles.