Lockheed Martin Space is awarded a contract modification, worth around $601 million, for production and deployed systems support of Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
The U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) is the contracting activity (N00030-19-C-0100) (P00005). The Trident II missiles are deployed on U.S. Navy and UK Royal Navy ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs).
The contract work will be performed in Magna, Utah (33.5%); Sunnyvale, California (13.7%); Denver, Colorado (10.6%); Cape Canaveral, Florida (6.9%); Titusville, Florida (4.7%); Orange, Virginia (4.4%); Kings Bay, Georgia (3.4%); Kingsport, Tennessee (3.4%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (3.3%); El Segundo, California (2.4%); Lancaster, Pennsylvania (2.2%); Inglewood, California (1.6%); Clearwater, Florida (1.3%); and other various locations (less than 1% each, 8.6% total). Work is expected to be complete by September 2024.
Fiscal 2020 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of around $499 million; United Kingdom funds in the amount of around $93 million; and incremental fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $500K are 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 under 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) 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 meters (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.
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 missiles deployed on U.S. Navy 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.
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 is expected to remain in service until 2042.