Lockheed Martin Wins UK Trident II Missile Deal
U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has received a $21.3 million completion type contract to provide the United Kingdom (UK) with engineering and technical support services and deliverable materials for the UK Trident II Missile System.
This contract provides for technical planning, direction, coordination, and control to assure that UK fleet ballistic missile program requirements are identified and integrated to support planned milestone schedules and emergent requirements, re-entry systems UK resident technical support, operational support hardware, and UK-unique common missile compartment/UK successor support.
Majority of the work will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif. (76.4 percent), followed by Cape Canaveral, Fla. (12.5 percent); Coulport, Scotland. (4.4 percent); Aldermaston, England (3.3 percent) with an expected level-of-effort completion date of March 31, 2015 and deliverable items completion date of June 30, 2016.
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.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Navy’s Trident missile prime contractor, developed and produced the missile and support equipment. The company also supplies technical and logistical support at sites where the missiles are deployed.
Press Release, April 3, 2014; Image: Lockheed Martin