Lockheed Martin Space has been awarded an $879 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for Minuteman III Reentry System/Reentry Vehicles (RS/RV) subsystem support.
This contract provides for sustainment engineering, maintenance engineering, aging surveillance, modification of systems and equipment, software maintenance, developmental engineering, production engineering, and procurement of the Minuteman III RS/RV subsystem and related support equipment. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center located at Hill AFB, Utah.
The contract work will be performed primarily in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; and Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be complete by June 4, 2030.
The LGM-30 Minuteman is a U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in service with the Air Force Global Strike Command.
The system is one component of the U.S. nuclear triad — the other two being the Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), and nuclear weapons carried by long-range strategic bombers. As of now, the LGM-30G Minuteman III version is the only land-based ICBM in service in the United States.
Peaking at 1,000 missiles in the 1970s, the current U.S. force consists of 399 Minuteman-III missiles as of September 2017, deployed in missile silos around Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; and F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming.The Air Force plans to keep the missile in service until at least 2030.