Lockheed Martin Awarded $25.9M Nuclear Missile Contract
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Co. of King of Prussia, PA received a $25.9M cost-plus incentive-fee contract to modify Minuteman III (MMIII) Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The Safety Enhanced Re-entry Vehicle (SERV) Support Equipment program will design an MMIII retrofit that would allow it to carry newer MK21 nuclear warheads from the soon-to-be-retired “MX” Peacekeeper missile, replacing the MK12RV warheads presently in use on the Minuteman fleet.
These efforts are part of a broader modernization program, including efforts aimed at ensuring the older MMIII missiles have a new rocket fuel that conforms to Environmental Protection Agency guidelines when launched. The SERV Support Equipment program will be carried out at Vandenberg Air Force Base, with depot support at Hill Air Force Base. This work will be complete by August 2007. The Headquarters Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, UT issued the contract (FA8204-05-C-0005).