Lockheed Martin Receives $473.8 Million Trident II (D5) SLBM Contract

Lockheed Martin Space is awarded a contract, worth around $473.8 million, from the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office in support of the Trident II (D5) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is for TRIDENT II (D5) Life Extension 2 Strategic Systems Programs Alteration Advanced Development Program efforts.

Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds for $2.8 million are being obligated on this award. This contract is being awarded to the contractor on a sole source basis under 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website.

The contract work will be performed in Denver, Colorado (78.7%); Sunnyvale, California (5.6%); Beltsville, Maryland (1.9%); Titusville, Florida (1.5%); Cape Canaveral, Florida (1.3%); Palo Alto, California (1.3%); Folsom, California (1.1%); and other various locations (less than 1% each, 8.6% total). Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026.

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.

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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