Lockheed bags $540M deal for Trident II ballistic 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

The U.S. Strategic Systems Programs office has awarded Lockheed Martin a $540.8 million contract for work on the Trident II (D5) submarine-launched ballistic missile.

The contract will run through September, 2021, and will see Lockheed Martin provide missile production and deployed system support.

Apart from the U.S. Navy, Trident missiles are used on Royal Navy submarines and the United Kingdom is contributing $50 million to this contract.

The Trident II (D5) is a three-stage, solid-propellant, inertially guided ballistic missile with a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles (4,600 statute miles). Trident II is more sophisticated than Trident I (C4) with a significantly greater payload capability.

Trident II (D5) was first deployed in 1990 and is planned to be deployed past 2020. Fourteen active U.S. Navy Ohio-class and four Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines carry the missiles.

 

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