Rolls Royce to equip US Navy Virginia-class submarine with propulsors

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on September 30, 2021, Rolls Royce Marine North America, Walpole, Massachusetts, is awarded a $9,280,229 fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract action for Virginia-class submarine propulsors. This contract shall provide a maximum of seven Virginia-class propulsor rotor assemblies, scoop bar sets, and associated engineering support services.
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This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $35,808,288. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi (75%); and Walpole, Massachusetts (25%), and is expected to be completed by May 2025. If all options are exercised, work will continue through October 2029.

Fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,394,984 (80%); and fiscal 2020 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,885,245 (20%) will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1) — only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-21-C-4111).

The Virginia-class, also known as the SSN-774, is a class of nuclear-powered cruise missile fast-attack submarines, in service in the United States Navy. Designed by General Dynamics's Electric Boat (EB) and Huntington Ingalls Industries, the Virginia-class is the United States Navy's latest submarine model, which incorporates the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems technology.