The US defence giant has received a $418 million contract for ‘Trident II missile production, D5 life extension production and D5 deployed systems support’.
The contract supports production efforts for the US Navy and the Royal Navy. The Trident II is currently equipped on the US Navy’s Ohio class submarines as well as the Royal Navy’s Vanguard class submarines. The missile will also equip the UK’s new Dreadnought class submarines.
According to the US Department of Defense:
“Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded $418,653,874 for fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification PZ0002 to a previously awarded unpriced letter contract (N00030-17-C-0100) for new procurement of Trident II (D5) missile production, D5 life extension production, and D5 deployed systems support.
The work will be performed in Sunnyvale, California (26.08 percent); Cape Canaveral, Florida (22.84 percent); Bangor, Washington (21.05 percent); Kings Bay, Georgia (20.67 percent); Magna, Utah (2.51 percent); Orlando, Florida (1.12 percent); and other various locations (less than 1.00 percent each; 5.73 percent total), and work is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2022, for both base and option.
The maximum dollar value of the modification, including the base items and all option items if exercised, is $1,122,936,777. Fiscal 2017 weapons procurement (Navy) in the amount of $31,635,824; and United Kingdom funds in the amount of $3,619,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Subject to availability, fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $316,700,000; and United Kingdom funds in the amount of $66,699,050 will be obligated for the effort. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity”
The UGM-133A Trident II is a submarine-launched ballistic missile and was first deployed in March 1990.
The Trident missile system is housed on the UK’s four Vanguard class submarines which form the UK’s strategic nuclear missile force. Each of the four boats are armed with up to 16 Trident II D5 SLBMs, carrying up to 8 warheads each.