From Aviationweek.com 2006 December

The U.S. Navy has funded an $860.6 million contract modification to a previously awarded contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. for continued work on the futuristic CVN 21 aircraft carrier program.

The base contract modification is valued at roughly $754 million with an additional $106.7 million in options. This expected additional work brings the total value of the contract to $2.2 billion, according to the company.

"We are making good progress on the design," said Mike Shawcross, vice president of the CVN 21 program for Northrop Grumman Newport News. "We're more than 50 percent complete with the overall design," he said late Nov. 30.

The contract modification will carry the company through 2007 to the next major milestone, when it establishes the construction contract for the first ship in the class, CVN 78, Shawcross said.

The work will be performed in Newport News, Va. (90 percent) and Groton, Conn. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2007, according to a Defense Department announcement Nov. 30. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting agency.

Planning and design

Last month, Northrop Grumman received a $24.6 million Navy contract for planning and design for CVN 79, the second aircraft carrier of the program (DAILY, Nov. 20).

Advance construction began in 2005 for the CVN 78. The work allows shipbuilders to test the design-build strategy before overall construction begins in 2008, the company said of the latest award.

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