Draper Laboratory Awarded $200M for Trident II D5 MK6 Guidance Equivalent Units

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory is awarded a $200.7 million contract modification to exercise the optional line item for fiscal 2020 production of Trident II D5 Strategic Weapon System MK6 Guidance Equivalent Units.

The U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office is the contracting activity. (N00030-19-C-0008 P00002)

Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts (30.5%); Clearwater, Florida (20.6%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (43.2%); and McKinney, Texas (5.7%). Work is expected to be completed by December 2023.

Fiscal 2020 weapons procurement (U.S. Navy) funds in the amount of around $197.75 million and the United Kingdom funds in the amount of around $3 million are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded on a sole-source basis to The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1)&(4) and was previously-synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunity website.

UGM-133A Trident II SLBM

UGM-133A Trident II, or Trident D5, is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, and deployed with the American and British navies.

The missile has a maximum operational range of over 7,500 miles (12,000 km) and a CEP of 90 metres (the exact values are classified). The missile’s MK 6 Astro-inertial guidance navigation system is also able to receive GPS (Global Positioning System) updates.

The missiles deployed on U.S. submarines can be equipped with a Mark 5 MIRV warhead that can carry up to 8 W88 (475 kt) warheads, or a Mark 4 MIRV that can also carry 14 W76 (100 kt) warheads.

Trident II missiles are carried by 14 U.S. Navy Ohio-class and four UK Royal Navy Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), with 24 missiles on each Ohio class and 16 missiles on each Vanguard class.

The D5 is the sixth in a series of missile generations deployed since the sea-based deterrent program began 60 years ago. The Trident D5LE (life-extension) version will remain in service until 2042.

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