Trident missile contract for Lockheed

The US Navy is awarding Lockheed Martin a $654.9m contract for fiscal year 2007 production and deployed system support for the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) programme.


Work under the contract will include D5 production support, including re-entry system hardware, and operations and maintenance to support the readiness and reliability of missile systems, both deployed aboard FBM submarines and on-shore facilities.


‘Our work in the coming years will span research and development, design, production, testing, operations and maintenance on this important navy programme,’ said Tory Bruno, vice president of Strategic Missile Programmes, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.


First deployed in 1990 and scheduled for operational deployment until 2042, the Trident II D5 is on board 12 of an eventual 14 Trident II-configured Ohio-class submarines. The three-stage, solid propellant, inertial-guided ballistic missile has a nominal range of 4,000 nautical miles and carries multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicles.