Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a US$287 million base contract by the US Air Force to provide engineering services to assist in sustaining the Minuteman III missile system.
The Propulsion Subsystem Support Contract (PSSC) 2.0, awarded last month, with options, has a contract ceiling of US$2.3 billion over 18.5 years, and supports the Air Force’s Minuteman III Systems Directorate, located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Minuteman III was originally manufactured in 1970 and has undergone multiple refurbishments to ensure viability. Northrop Grumman's continuing role as an integral part of the ICBM enterprise aims to ensure the Minuteman III ICBM remains on alert and read until its end-of-life – later next decade.
“Northrop Grumman’s selection for PSSC 2.0, along with our industry partners, allows us to offer the Minuteman III Systems Directorate unmatched expertise in maintaining our current nuclear deterrence capabilities,” Charlie Precourt, vice president of propulsion systems at Northrop Grumman, said.
The Northrop Grumman propulsion systems team is addressing sustainment challenges of the missile propulsion system such as material obsolescence, associated hardware and/or equipment repair, and propellant ageing-surveillance testing and analysis.