Saturday, April 20, 2024

Boeing secures $405M contract to support Minuteman III missile

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded the new deal to Boeing for the maintenance and testing of the Minuteman III weapons system, a key component of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces.

The $405 million contract modification, awarded by the Boeing Co. in Layton, Utah, is a new step in ensuring the operational readiness of this critical defense infrastructure.

The modification, bringing the total cumulative value of the contract to over half a billion dollars, underscores the ongoing commitment to bolstering the capabilities of the Minuteman III system. Work under the contract will be carried out at the Little Mountain Test Facility in Ogden, Utah, and is slated for completion by February 28, 2029.

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Fiscal 2024 operation and maintenance funds totaling $10,390,105 have been allocated at the time of the contract award. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is overseeing the contracting activity.

The LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) plays a pivotal role in the nation’s strategic defense posture, falling under the purview of the Air Force Global Strike Command. Each designation within the missile’s nomenclature signifies key attributes, with “L” indicating silo-launched, “G” denoting surface attack, “M” representing guided missile, and “30” signifying its belonging to the Minuteman series. The inclusion of “G” after “30” indicates the current iteration, Minuteman III.

The Minuteman III stands as a vital strategic weapon system, leveraging intercontinental ballistic missile technology to ensure deterrence. Dispersed across hardened silos, these missiles are shielded against potential attacks and are linked to underground launch control centers through robust cabling systems. Launch crews, comprising two officers, maintain round-the-clock readiness within the launch control center.

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