Lockheed Martin has been awarded $17.9m to provide engineering and technical support services and deliverable materials for the Trident missile system. 

This contract provides for support for technical planning, direction, coordination, and control to ensure that UK Fleet Ballistic Missile Program requirements are identified and integrated to support planned milestone schedules and emergent requirements.

The contract notice states:

“Re-entry Systems UK resident technical support, operational support hardware, and consumable spares are also provided for. 

Work will be performed in Cape Canaveral, Florida (39.41 percent); Sunnyvale, California (37.62 percent); Titusville, Florida (9.54 percent); Coulport, Scotland (5.70 percent); St. Mary’s, Georgia (2.17 percent); Silverdale, Washington (2.11 percent); and various places below one percent (3.45 percent), with an expected level-of-effort completion date of March 31, 2020, and a deliverable items completion date of June 30, 2021. 

UK Funds in the amount of $17,976,489 will be obligated on this award.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was awarded on a sole source basis, pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4), and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities website.  Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.”

Recently, the US and UK placed an order for the production of Trident guidance units.

The contract notice stated:

“The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is awarded a $191,029,190 fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the production of TRIDENT II D5 Strategic Weapon System MK6 Guidance Equivalent Units.

This contract contains options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $391,767,950. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts (30.5 percent); Clearwater, Florida (20.6 percent); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (43.2 percent); and McKinney, Texas (5.7 percent). The work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2022. If the option is exercised, work will continue through July 31, 2023.

Fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $189,489,000; and United Kingdom funds in the amount of $1,540,190 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.”

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Thanks for this George.

I always find it sad when no one comments. I guess a difficult subject, so technical and also classified.

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It seems the Ariane rocket program did benefit the French, as their SLBM the M51 is a development of the solid rocket boosters used from the Ariane 5. It also has a longer published range than the D5, which surely can’t be right! What’s more their Triomphant class carry up to 16 of these that can carry 6 to 10 MIRVs, which I suppose compares with the D5’s 8 to 12.