Charles Stark Draper Lab bags further $58M for Trident missile work

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) off the coast of Florida. Photo: US Navy

Weeks after receiving a $54 million contract for Trident (D5) MK 6 guidance system production, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory has landed another $58.5 contract modification for the same task.

The contract for the guidance system production includes failure verification, test, repair and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies, and electronic modules.

The maximum value of the contract if all options are exercised is $370 million.

Draper is the prime contractor for the Trident Life Extension (LE) boost guidance. The MK6 MOD 1 guidance system will serve as the boost guidance system for the Trident D(5)LE missile through 2040.

Trident is the primary strategic deterrent for both the United States and the United Kingdom. Fourteen active U.S. Navy Ohio-class and four Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines carry Trident missiles.

Draper is expected to complete work on the contract by January 2021.

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