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Goodrich to Supply Composite Components for Eight Virginia-Class Submarines

14 January 2010

Goodrich Corporation has received a contract worth around $49 million (US) from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to provide a number of composite components for the next eight Virginia Class nuclear fast attack submarines, collectively referred to as Block III.

Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products team will manufacture components to support the construction of one ship per year during 2009 and 2010, rising to two ships per year from 2011 to 2013.

The components include the bow dome, and sonar and weapons equipment.

""These contract awards continue the core work that is the foundation of our submarine business,"" said Jim Pollock, Vice President for Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products team. ""We have been able to expand our composite product content on the Virginia-class Block III multi-year buy, and will remain focused on securing additional content for Block III as well as developing composite solutions for Virginia-class Block IV and the Ohio-class replacement submarine. We will continue to invest in our people, processes and technology to provide innovative world-class solutions for submarines,"" continues Pollock.

The Virginia-class submarines are said to be the first U.S. Navy combatant designed for the post-Cold War era.

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