Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lockheed Martin receives modification for Trident II D5 ballistic missile contract

Lockheed Martin Space was awarded a two U.S. Navy contract modification for Trident II D5 ballistic missile production and deployed system support.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense on 16 November, Lockheed Martin Space  is awarded $49 million modification (P00002) to a previously awarded contract (N00030-18-C-0100) and $41 million modification P00016 to a previously awarded contract (N00030-17-C-0100) for Trident II (D5) missile production and deployed system support.

The U.S. Department of defense also noted that all work is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2023.

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The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the U.S. Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles, following the highly successful Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident I C4 programs. First deployed in 1990, the Trident II D5 missile is currently aboard OHIO-class and British VANGUARD-class submarines.

The Trident II D5 missile has achieved 167 successful test launches since design completion in 1989 — a record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle.

The mission of the SSBN force with Trident II D5 ballistic missiles on a board is strategic deterrence, by providing the United States with its most survivable and enduring nuclear strike capability. Ohio-class submarines with Trident II D5 serve as an undetectable launch platform for submarine launched ballistic missiles. They are considered the most survivable leg of the nuclear triad; the other legs being long-range bombers and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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