Boeing Awarded $249M Modification to Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Contract

Boeing is being awarded a $249 million contract modification to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment contract (DSC).

The undefinitized contract modification, (HQ0147-12-C-0004/-19-C0004)(P00067), is awarded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

The scope of work under the current DSC includes development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training and operations and sustainment for the GMD weapon system and associated support facilities.

Under the new undefinitized modification, the Missile Defense Agency executes the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) upgrade of Ground Based Interceptors (GBI); the upgrade and repair of specialized production equipment necessary to support SLEP activities; systems engineering to support CE-I fleet readiness; cybersecurity activities; and the production of a payload to support system testing requirements.

The value of the DSC contract, including options, is now increased to around $11.77 billion.

The contract work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Tucson, Arizona; and Chandler, Arizona, and the period of performance is from Sept. 24, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2022.

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD)

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) is the United States’ anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system for intercepting incoming warheads in space, during the midcourse phase of ballistic trajectory flight.

The system is a major component of the American missile defense strategy to counter ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) carrying nuclear, chemical, biological or conventional warheads.

The system is deployed in military bases in the states of Alaska and California; in 2018 comprising 44 interceptors and spanning 15 time zones with sensors on land, at sea, and in orbit. In 2019, a missile defense review requested that 20 additional ground-based interceptors be based in Alaska.

GMD is administered by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), while the operational control and execution is provided by the U.S. Army, and support functions are provided by the U.S. Air Force (USAF).

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