Lockheed gets $400m for Trident II missile production

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US defense contractor Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been awarded a $418.6 million contract to manufacture additional Trident II (D5) missiles.

The US defense department did not specify the exact quantity of missiles to be built and the contract has options which could drive its value up to over $1 billion.

In addition to the US Navy, missiles produced under this contract will be delivered to Royal Navy for use on their Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines. The United Kingdom is allocating $66.6 million for this contract.

Work on the contract will include D5 life extension production, and D5 deployed systems support and is expected to be completed by September 2022.

Under a separate contract worth $55.7 million, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is to provide Trident II (D5) fleet support, trainer systems support, logistics management, shipboard systems integration increments 8 and 13 training curricula design and development, test equipment, spares, tools, material procurement, and U.S. Ohio-class SSBN engineered refueling overhauls.

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