Boeing Awarded $265M Modification to Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract

Boeing is being awarded a $265 million contract modification to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) development and sustainment contract.

With the award of this modification, the total value of the contract, including options, is increased from around $10.9 billion to around $11.2 billion.

Under this modification, the contractor will support the GMD Communications Network Modernization, the in-flight interceptor communications system data terminals technology upgrade, and complete the GMD fire control communication ground systems software build 8 early integration. This work will be performed by an industry team consisting of The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Alabama; Northrop Grumman Corp., Huntsville, Alabama; and L3Harris Corp., Melbourne, Florida.

The period of performance is from Dec. 27, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2022.

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of around $19.4 million were obligated at the time of the award.

This acquisition was executed on a sole-source basis under the statutory authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.

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.

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