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US Air Force awards two contracts for a new intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system

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http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/usa/2017/usa-170822-afns01.htm

 

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced Aug. 21, 2017 the award of two technology maturation and risk reduction contracts for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program. Contracts were awarded to Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama, and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Redondo Beach, California.

The GBSD is the weapon system replacement for the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM.

 

"We are moving forward with modernization of the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. "Our missiles were built in the 1970s. Things just wear out, and it becomes more expensive to maintain them than to replace them. We need to cost-effectively modernize."

The Minuteman III first became operational in the early 1970s. While certain components and subsystems have been upgraded over the years, most of the fundamental infrastructure in use today is the original equipment supporting more than 50 years of continuous operation.

 

Two contracts, valued at no more than $359 million each, were awarded after a full and open competition. The companies selected were determined to provide the best overall value to the warfighter and taxpayers based on the source selection's evaluation factors. The period of performance for each contract is approximately 36 months.

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