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Navy Must Shrink Submarine Development Costs

Postby Tom Dougherty » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:03 pm

Admiral: Navy Must Shrink Submarine Development Costs

The Navy is trying to lower costs for its nuclear-armed Ohio Replacement Submarine program by leveraging technologies from the Virginia-class submarine program, senior service officials said.

The Navy has made adjustments and pursued strategies aimed at lowering costs and improving technologies for its new fleet of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, director of undersea warfare, told Military​.com in an interview.

The ongoing program is an effort to replace the current fleet of 14 Ohio-class, nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, or SSBNs, with 12 new high-tech ships, he said. The Navy’s Ohio Replacement program is being worked on by Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics, under a five year $1.85 billion developmental deal.

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Re: Navy Must Shrink Submarine Development Costs

Postby ssn705 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:33 pm

Savings from VIRGINIA production estimates have allowed development of advancements/improvements for new flights without shocking the budget plan. Hopefully this "good experience" in a shipbuilding program (which no other Navy shipbuilding program enjoys), engenders some latitude from the powers that be to continue the move forward with ORP while RADM Breckenridge works with PEOSUBS et al. to force the price down.

Breckenridge is a great guy and a straight shooter (and a crazy fast runner) who will ride this one as hard as he can.


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