L3Harris Technologies announced that it was one of three companies selected to provide preliminary designs for the Next Generation Submarine Tender, a support vessel that will provide expeditionary maintenance and repairs to the submarines of the US Navy.
New York-listed L3Harris said it will support the development of AS(X) vessel specifications, interface specifications, vessel cost estimates and construction schedules under the AS(X) base contract. X) Concept Refinement and Preliminary Design. The nine-month Concept Refinement and Preliminary Design study includes options for an additional nine-month Concept Refinement and Preliminary Design update and an overall period of 36 months for special studies.
L3Harris’ Herndon, Virginia facility will perform program management and engineering design duties and is partnered with Philly Shipyard Inc. and VARD Inc. for design development.
AS(X) will be capable of supporting and maintaining up to four submarines, replacing the US Navy’s two aging tenders, USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and the ‘USS Frank Cable (AS 40), commissioned in 1979. Current tenders include mid-level maintenance and repairs, hotel services and at-sea logistics support for nuclear-powered guided missiles (SSGN ) and attack submarines (SSN) deployed to 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.
“We are delighted to participate in the AS(X) Submarine Tender Design Study,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, President, Maritime, L3Harris. “In the months ahead, we will work closely with our customers and industry partners to deliver innovative solutions to advance the technology that will inform and define the future capabilities of this new class of vessel.”