The Navy recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat for a classified program known as Sea Dragon.
On Sept. 22, the service awarded a $105.5 million contract modification for GDEB to begin the second phase of Sea Dragon. This phase includes a testing planning effort to support ground and sea-based testing, according to a Defense Department announcement.
"Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut, and is scheduled to be completed by September 2018," the announcement reads.
Sea Dragon is one of the efforts led by the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office. The SCO was created by Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2012 when he was serving as DOD's acquisition chief.
Inside Defense reported in February that Sea Dragon received $81 million in fiscal year 2016 and is slated for $70 million in FY-17 to demonstrate "a cost-effective disruptive offensive capability . . . by integrating an existing weapon system with an existing Navy platform," according to budget documents.
The funding will go toward continued analysis, prototyping and experimentation, but additional details are classified.
The Navy and GDEB declined to provide additional information.