General Dynamics gets $26M missile contract; Pittsfield workforce not expected to grow much

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PITTSFIELD — Another big defense contract is coming Berkshire County's way.

The Pentagon on Wednesday awarded a three-year, $25.7 million contract to General Dynamics Mission Systems to perform work on U.S. and British nuclear ballistic missile systems, according to UPI.com. Over 95 percent of the contract work is expected to be performed at General Dynamics' facility in Pittsfield. The contract is expected to be completed by December 2020.

But the work on the new contract won't significantly increase General Dynamics' workforce in Pittsfield, which has about 1,500 employees.

"The recent contract award builds upon previously awarded contracts for similar work on behalf of the Strategic Systems Program Office," a General Dynamics spokeswoman said in a statement. "Employees currently working on the program will continue their work and no additional hiring is expected as a result of this contract."

The contracted work includes the sustainment of the U.S. and British SSBN Fire Control System and the U.S. SSGN Attack Weapon Control System that are used on both countries' nuclear ballistic missile submarines.

The SSBN Fire Control System delivers crucial information needed to control the launch of ballistic missiles. The SSGN Attack Weapon Control System is an updated version of the SSBN Fire Control System. It gives submarine commanders the ability to carry out several kinds of missions, according to General Dynamics.

The contract, announced by the Defense Department, is classified as a cost-incentive fee contract, which means the price paid by the federal government changes in relations to costs associated with containment services, according to UPI.com.

General Dynamics will also provide training and support equipment, as well as research and development services, according to the Pentagon.

Business Editor Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com or 413 496-6224.


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