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Lockheed receives $71.6M contract for Trident missiles

Nov. 30 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin has been awarded a changed contract via the U.S. Navy for the procurement of the UGM-133A Trident II, or Trident D5, a submarine released ballistic missile.

The deal, introduced Wednesday via the Department of Defense, is value greater than $71.6 million underneath a cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, which is a cost-reimbursement contract the place the preliminary negotiated commission will also be adjusted later to cut back the dangers assumed via Lockheed.

The Trident II D5 is the submarine-launched ballistic missile deployed via each the U.S. and Britain, and is the only real nuclear weapon device deployed via Britain.

The missile has intercontinental vary and will elevate a number of nuclear warheads the usage of more than one impartial reentry cars designed to strike a number of goals with a unmarried missile.

The Trident is the principle sea-based weapon for the triad of U.S. nuclear forces, and is these days deployed on U.S. Ohio-class and British Vanguard-class submarines. It is deliberate to be fielded via the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines these days underneath building within the U.S. and Dreadnought-class submarines underneath building via Britain.

The Trident is predicted to stick in provider, with upgrades, for a deliberate 50 years or extra. Lockheed Martin will carry out nearly all of the paintings at the Trident II at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and the remaining at a number of different places within the United States. The paintings is predicted to be entire via Sept. 20, 2022.

The U.S. Navy has obligated greater than $65.eight million in Navy guns procurement and Navy analysis, building, take a look at and analysis budget from fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for Lockheed on the time the contract used to be awarded.

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