Bechtel and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions have joined Northrop Grumman’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) nationwide team, Northrop Grumman announced.
GBSD is a vital U.S. Air Force (USAF) program to replace the service’s aging LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which first became operational in the early 1970s. The program represents the modernization of the ground-based leg of the U.S. Nuclear Triad.
As part of the Northrop Grumman GBSD nationwide team, Bechtel will provide launch system design, construction and integration, and Kratos will provide other vehicle transporters including the missile transporters and payload transporter.
Bechtel serves the infrastructure; nuclear, security and environmental; oil, gas and chemicals; and mining and metals markets. The company delivered silos and launch infrastructure for the U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program and launch infrastructure for NASA.
Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cybersecurity/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems, and next-generation turbojet and turbofan engine development.
“We are on a path toward day-one readiness, bolstered by the addition of Bechtel and Kratos, and our team’s commitment to invest now in people and facilities in order to meet the Air Force schedule of fielding GBSD in 2029,” said Greg Manuel, vice president, GBSD enterprise, Northrop Grumman. “Together, this expanded team has the capacity, capability and credentials needed to deliver – on time – a safe, secure, reliable and effective nuclear deterrent capability for the U.S. and its allies for the next 50 years.”
On Aug. 21, 2017, Northrop Grumman was one of two companies awarded a Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract for the new GBSD weapon system program. The Air Force released a request for proposals for the next phase of the program in July 2019 and announced it expected final award in the third quarter of 2020.
Northrop Grumman announced its GBSD nationwide team in September 2019, comprised of hundreds of small, medium and large companies from across the defense, construction and engineering industries. If awarded the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase, the Northrop Grumman GBSD program will involve more than 10,000 people across the United States directly working on this critical national security program.
In August of last year, Northrop Grumman broke ground on a new facility, near Hill Air Force Base, to serve as a future headquarters for its workforce and nationwide team, with the opportunity to add thousands of jobs in the state of Utah.
The companies in Northrop Grumman’s nationwide GBSD industry team also include Aerojet Rocketdyne, BRPH, Clark Construction, Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics, Honeywell, L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, Parsons and Textron Systems, along with hundreds of other small, medium and large businesses across the United States.