UPI _ United Press International – U.S. Navy orders 10 more nuclear submarines

En estos momentos de dolorosa crisis contenida hasta más no poder por gobiernos y empresas, hay una noticia que da carga de trabajo a General Dynamics. Consigue el mayor pedido de la historia de los encargos navales, 17.600 millones de dólares para construir 10 submarinos nucleares de la clase Virginia. Miden un montón de pies de largo, algo menos de diámetro y desplazan 7800 toneladas. Llevan 48 torpedos, harán dos submarinos al año y a pesar de ser toda una sorpresa la adjudicación, empiezan el jueves a construirlos. Son del mismo modelo del que se publicó el pasado día 16 que no han procedido a botar por precaución, necesita varios rediseños y se aplazó sin fecha su entrega. El portavoz de la Marina, Larson, indico que estos problemas son normales. Dos semanas después y tras una “rebaja” de dos mil millones dólares, se van a construir los diez inicialmente previstos. Las acciones de General Dynamics y su socio, bajan un poco tras el anuncio.

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“U.S. Navy orders 10 more nuclear submarines

The U.S. Navy is continuing to build up its submarine fleet, ordering 10 additional Virginia-class fast attack subs from General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding.

By Richard Tomkins   |   April 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

GROTON, Conn., April 29 (UPI) — Ten Virginia-class fast attack submarines are being built for the U.S. Navy by General Dynamics Electric Boat and its partner Newport News Shipbuilding.

The $17.6 billion order underscores the Navy’s “commitment to an advanced and adaptable submarine force,” Electric Boat said in announcing the award.

Virginia-class nuclear submarines are 377 feet long, 34 feet in diameter and displace 7,800 tons. They are capable of speeds of more than 25 knots and can dive to a depth of more than 800 feet with a full load of weaponry.

The ships carry Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land-attack missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles.

The Navy already has 10 Virginia-class submarines with eight others under construction by the two companies. Work on the first submarine under this new order is scheduled to begin on Thursday.

“This award has great significance for the U.S. Navy, our company and the entire submarine industrial base,” said Jeffrey S. Geiger, president of Electric Boat. “By continuing to produce two ships per year, the Navy and industry team retains the stability required to achieve increased efficiencies, providing the fleet with the submarines it needs to sustain the nation’s undersea dominance.”

“This is the largest number of boats ordered to date in a single contract block, which is great news — particularly in light of today’s challenging economic and political environments,” said Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin. “The Virginia-class program has already proven itself to be one of the best, if not the best, performing shipbuilding programs in the country and we look forward to continuing our important role in building these submarines.”

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