September 17, 2021

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Northrop Grumman secures $ 2.3 billion contract for Minuteman III ICBM

Northrop Grumman secures $ 2.3 billion contract for Minuteman III ICBM

According to the U.S. Department of Defense contract announcements, the U.S. Air Force awarded the contract to support engineering support services and program management for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Propulsion Subsystem (ICBM) .

The contract, from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and announced on Tuesday, is worth more than $ 2.3 billion.

The agreement with an order period of 18.5 years is intended to assist the government in maintaining the Minuteman III weapon system.


The Minuteman is a strategic weapon system that uses an intercontinental ballistic missile. The missiles are dispersed in hardened silos to protect against attack and connected to an underground launch control center via a hardened cable system. Launch crews, consisting of two officers, carry out the 24-hour alert at the launch center.

Under the contract, the work must be in areas that include, but are not limited to; support engineering, maintenance engineering, systems and equipment modification, hardware and software maintenance, development and manufacturing engineering, procurement, replenishment, repair and refurbishment.

The contractor is required to conduct analysis and testing of materials and sub-components, including aging surveillance testing and evaluation.

The main objective must be to identify the aging mechanism, the abnormal behavior and ensure any modifications or changes to the system that must maintain and / or improve the performance at the system level. The venue for the show is mainly Corrine and Magna, Utah, with various other locations. The works are expected to be completed on November 5, 2040.