$24M for ICBM Security Doors
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Clearfield, UT received a $24 million cost-plus award-fee contract modification to provide for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Security Modernization Program Fast Rising B-Plug Low Rate Initial Production. Fifteen B-Plug Kits, and six B-Plug Kit Installations, will be produced under this contract modification.
B-Plugs are used to secure entry into missile silos. For more routine maintenance activities, workers entered the silo through the personnel access hatch in the northeast corner of the roof slab. The access hatch is a heavily reinforced, steel-and-concrete vault door, operated by two hydraulic cylinders. The door opens into a cylindrical shaft that descends to the lower level of the equipment room. Fitted into the shaft is the “B-plug,” a piston-like, steel security door operated by an electromechanical actuator. The silo cannot be entered until the B-plug is retracted.
Negotiations were completed May 2005, and work will be complete by September 2007. The Headquarters Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, UT issued the contract (F42610-98-C-0001).
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