Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program.
The contract was awarded by GBSD prime contractor Northrop Grumman. In September, Northrop Grumman was selected by the Air Force to modernize America’s aging LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system under a contract awarded for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the GBSD program.
As part of the nationwide team of industry partners, Collins Aerospace will be leading the Secondary Launch Platform-Airborne (SLP-A) effort, a replacement of the current Airborne Launch Control System (ALCS) capability. The ALCS system works with the current Minuteman III system, which has been in place for nearly 50 years.
“Northrop Grumman has put together an amazing team of industry partners to develop and deliver a comprehensive solution that will strengthen communication, command and control capabilities for the GBSD,” states Heather Robertson, vice president and general manager for Collins Aerospace. “The SLP-A is a comprehensive nuclear command & control solution which we’re developing to meet the needs of the modern battlespace.”
GBSD acquisition effort will span 8.5 years and include weapon system design, qualification, test and evaluation and nuclear certification. Upon successful completion of EMD, the Northrop Grumman team will begin producing and delivering a modern and fully integrated weapon system to meet the Air Force schedule of initial operational capability (IOC) by 2029.
The Northrop Grumman GBSD team includes Aerojet Rocketdyne, Bechtel, Clark Construction, Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics, HDT Global, Honeywell, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, Textron Systems, as well as hundreds of small and medium-sized companies from across the defense, engineering and construction industries.