UTC Contracted to Provide Composite Components for Block IV Virginia-Class Subs


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Composite components for Block IV attack submarines will be supplied through 2020 by UTC components. An agreement signed with Newport News Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, states that composite components for the next  ten Virginia-class submarines to be built of the U.S. Navy will be supplied by UTC.

UTC supplied components for the Virginia Class Block III. Their performance was a large contributing factor to winning the current contract. Under the contract bow domes, rubber boots, and a variety of external fairing structures will be produced.  The work will be done by Engineered Polymer Products, a division of UTC’s aero structures business unit.  UTC would not disclose the value of the contract they were awarded.

Another contract was awarded to UTC to deliver sonar domes for surface combat ships. The value of the contract is $39 million. The new Virginia-class attack submarine is a nuclear-powered multi-mission stealth submarine used in deep ocean anti-submarine warfare and littoral operations. Equipped on the vessel are 12 vertical missile launch tubes and four 533mm torpedo tubes.

The vertical launching system is capable of launching 16 Tomahawk submarine-launched cruise missiles in a single salvo. The hull of a Virginia class sub measures 377ft in length, they displace 7,300t dived. The subs are powered by GE pressure water reactor S9G. Two turbine engines with one shaft and a United Defense pump jet propulsion provide 29.84MW. Dived, the sub can reach speeds of over 25kt.

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