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General Dynamics Subsidiary Books $276M Navy Contract to Prototype Mine Deployment System

General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) mission systems business has won a potential five-year, $275.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the design, development and testing of a maritime mine deployment system.

The company will deliver a prototype of the Hammerhead system meant to detect and engage anti-submarine warfare targets, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract, which has a base value of $92.9 million, also provides for articles and equipment associated with the Hammerhead technology.

Nearly half of contract work will be conducted at locations in Massachusetts, with the remaining being done in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut, Nebraska and Minnesota, through September 2023. Efforts could continue up to September 2026 if all options are exercised.

Naval Sea Systems Command gathered two proposals from the contract’s competitive solicitation and will initially obligate $16.6 million in fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds.

NAVSEA virtually held an industry day in April 2020 to inform industry stakeholders about the Hammerhead program, which gained the interest of 16 companies at that time.

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