US 6.5 Billion Contract to Boeing for Ground-based Midcourse Defense Extension

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US 6.5 Billion Contract to Boeing for Ground-based Midcourse Defense Extension
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The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $6,560,000,00 modification to a previously awarded contract for the extension of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) development and sustainment contract (DSC).

The scope of work under the current DSC includes development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training, and operations and sustainment for the GMD weapon system and associated support facilities, a  US DoD release Wednesday.

Under this undefinitized modification, the Missile Defense Agency executes missile defeat and defense enhancements to complete the accelerated delivery of a new missile field with 20 additional silos and two additional silos in a previously constructed missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, and procurement and deployment of 20 additional Ground Based Interceptors (GBIs).

The scope of work includes technical capabilities to expand and improve a state-of-the-art, missile defense system to ensure defensive capabilities remain both relevant and current, to include but not limited to: boost vehicle (BV) development; integration of redesigned kill vehicle (RKV) with BV; providing GBI assets for labs and test events; development, integration, testing and deployment of ground systems software builds to address emerging threats; acquisition and emplacement of launch support equipment; expanded systems testing through all ground and flight testing; cyber security support; and, performance based logistics.

The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract including options from $6,140,952,229 by $6,560,000,000 to $12,640,952,229.The DSC contract modification period of performance is six years; January 2018, through December 2023.

The undefinitized modification will be performed by an industry team consisting of The Boeing Co.; Orbital ATK; Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.; and Raytheon Co. Boeing as the GMD DSC prime contractor, along with its subcontractors, collectively have demonstrated special capabilities and/or expertise that no other companies have been able to satisfactorily perform the required services or deliveries without unacceptable delays in fulfilling the Agency's requirements.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System provides Combatant Commanders the capability to engage and destroy limited intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in space, according to the MDA.

GMD employs integrated communications networks, fire control systems, globally deployed sensors and Ground-Based Interceptors that are capable of detecting, tracking and destroying ballistic missile threats.

 

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