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General Atomics Books $1.2B Award to Build, Test Navy Carrier-Based Launch System

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Atomics a $1.19 billion modification to a contract centered on the aircraft launching platform of CVN 81, the future carrier USS Doris Miller.

The firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee amendment includes additional scope to produce, assemble, test and manage the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, and make necessary upgrades to legacy hardware and software, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

General Atomics won the original contract in 2021 with a value of nearly $70 million.

Under the new order, GA will provide engineering services to address firmware, hardware, software, technical data and logistics for the launch systems as well as the aircraft’s Advanced Arresting Gear.

The company will also conduct case studies and developmental research on the potential sale of EMALS and AAG to the government of France.

The task will be performed in California, Mississippi and New Jersey until September 2032. The service branch is obligating $67.4 million in fiscal 2023 shipbuilding and conversion funds, in addition to foreign military sale funds.

The contracting activity is the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland.

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