ATK (Alliant Techsystems) has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of $85 million from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to produce solid propulsion systems for all three stages of the U.S. Navy’s Trident II (D-5) Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM).
Under a $65 million contract, ATK Thiokol Propulsion, Promontory, Utah, will continue production of Trident propulsion systems through to 2005.
A second contract worth $20 million calls for the re-qualification of production materials used in the propulsion systems.
The only US submarine-launched strategic missile system in production today, the Trident II FBM was first deployed in 1990 and is planned for deployment past 2020.
It is launched from US Navy Ohio-class (Trident) submarines and has a range of 4,000 nautical miles.