The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Space a $ 445 million contract to produce Trident II submarine-launched nuclear ballistic missiles, the US Department of Defense said in a press release.
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Lockheed Martin Space, in Titusville, Fla., Is awarded a fixed price incentive of $ 445,488,793, a cost plus and a change in cost plus a fixed price to a priceless letter contract previously awarded and announced for production of Trident II missiles and support for deployed systems, ”the statement said on Friday.
Work on the contract is expected to be completed by September 2026, the statement said. The statement did not detail the number of Trident II missiles that will be built.
Earlier this year, the United States successfully tested an unarmed, extended-life Trident II (D5LE) ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the U.S. Navy said. According to the statement, the missile was launched from the Ohio-class guided ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN-741) off the coast of San Diego, California.
“Today’s scheduled test validated performance expectations of the Trident II (D5LE) Extended Life Strategic Weapon System (SWS) and collected additional data on reliability, accuracy and SWS performance. This launch marks 178 successful missile launches of the Trident II (D5 & D5LE) strategic weapon system, ”the statement read.
Ballistic missiles launched by submarine Trident II
The Trident II strategic weapon system, originally designed with a lifespan until 2024, recently underwent a lifespan extension that will keep it operational until the late 2040s, according to the US Navy.
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Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) - Trident II comprises about 70 percent of U.S. nuclear deterrence, which also includes the U.S. Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear-capable bombers.
In 2016, the missile test was in the “line of fire” because it failed and got lost. Instead of its intended route to the Americas, the missile went in the completely opposite direction and detonated in the air using the self-destruct function.
The test was carried out by the British Royal Navy. The problem is, when HMS Vengeance conducted the missile test firing off the coast of Florida, the missile was not a few feet away, but several thousand miles away. He had been targeted in the southern Atlantic off the coast of West Africa. Instead, it was traveling in the opposite direction, over the United States, according to British media – reported The Guardian.
#Mysterious object in the sky over the south #Florida this evening. Receive numerous calls and emails. Around 6.30 p.m. This video looks east from Brian Goodale in #HobeSound. Even seen in the Bahamas pic.twitter.com/vuBvJHVMjg
– Steve Weagle (@SteveWeagleWPTV) February 10, 2021
The comet-like trail of the missile had set the evening skies ablaze across the state of Florida, from the Treasure Coast to southern Palm Beach County. Those who spotted the light quickly took to social media, sharing some exciting visuals.
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The Trident SLBM was developed by the US defense giant, Lockheed Missiles and Space Corporation. The SLBM Trident II has an operational range of over 7,500 miles and is a critical part of the US and UK nuclear deterrent stockpiles.
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