Lockheed Martin (United States) is responsible for the construction of the Trident II (D5) nuclear missiles for the US and the UK. It is also involved in the production and maintenance of the Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles for the US. It is part of the joint venture AWE-ML, which manages the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, that designs, manufactures and maintains nuclear warheads for the UK.
Lockheed Martin, based in the US, focuses on aeronautics, space systems, electronic systems and information systems. Its most important divisions are aerospace and defence, information technology and new technologies.[a]
In the financial year ending 31 December 2015, it generated revenues of US$ 46.1 billion (€ 42.2 billion), resulting in an operating income of US$ 5.4 billion (€ 5.0 billion) and a net income of US$ 3.6 billion (€ 3.3 billion).[b]
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Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons producer.[i] It produces and maintains a wide variety of conventional weapons around the world, as well as nuclear weapons for both the US and the UK.[ii]
Lockheed Martin is responsible for the construction of the Trident II (D5) nuclear missiles for the US Ohio-class submarines and the British Vanguard-class submarines.[iii] The US is planning to keep Trident II missiles deployed until 2042.[iv]
Lockheed Martin has been awarded numerous contracts for maintenance and further development of the Trident II (D5) over the years. Recent awards include a US$ 19.9 million (€ 14.6 million) unpriced-letter contract from July 2014 for long-lead material and the labour, planning and scheduling necessary to support the fiscal 2015 Trident II D-5 missile production schedule, expected to be completed in September 2019.[v] A US$ 146.3 million (€ 113.6 million) modification for new procurement of Trident II (D5) missile production, D5 Life Extension development and production, and D5 Deployed Systems Support extends work through November 2019. Exercise of all options would increase the contract value to US$ 828.4 million (€ 643.0 million), provided by US and UK defence budgets.[vi]
In November 2014, Lockheed Martin was awarded a US$ 35.9 million (€ 28.9 million) contract to provide engineering efforts in support of integrating the Trident II missile and re-entry strategic weapon system subsystems into the next-generation ballistic submarine designs of the US and UK. The contract contains two option years, which, if exercised, will bring the contract value to a maximum US$ 99.2 million (€ 80.0 million). Work is expected to be completed in December 2017; exercise of options will extend the contract through September 2020.[vii] Under a modification provided in April 2016, Lockheed Martin Space Systems received another US$ 12.0 million (€ 10.6 million) for this work with completion expected in March 2020.[viii]
In March 2015, Lockheed Martin was awarded a US$ 59.0 million (€ 54.4 million) contract for Trident II D-5 Navigation Subsystem Strategic Systems Program Shipboard Integration (SSI). Work is expected to be completed in December 2016. US Navy funds account for US$ 47.1 million (€ 43.4 million), United Kingdom funding for the remaining US$ 11.9 million (€ 11.0 million).[ix]
In April 2015, Lockheed Martin obtained UK contract funds of a maximum US$ 31.1 million (€ 28.9 million) to provide engineering and technical support services and deliverable materials for the UK Trident II Missile System with completion foreseen in March 2019.[x]
A contract from September 2015 provides US$ 392.0 million (€ 346.0 million) to Lockheed Martin for new procurement of Trident II (D5) missile production, life extension development and production, and deployed systems support. The maximum dollar value including base items and all options exercised is US$ 1.5 billion (€ 1.3 billion). Work is expected to be completed by November 2020.[xi] In the same month, Lockheed Martin was awarded a maximum value US$ 31.6 million (€ 27.9 million) contract for Trident II Navigation Subsystem Strategic Systems Program Shipboard Integration to be completed by May 2016.[xii] Also in September 2015, Lockheed Martin obtained a US$ 8.8 million (€ 7.8 million) modification to a previously awarded contract for an adjustment to the security hardware, associated software, equipment installation, system test, accreditation, certification and delivery of nuclear weapon security system equipment to be completed by November 2016.[xiii]
In December 2015, Lockheed Martin was awarded another US$ 72.5 million (€ 64.0 million) contract to provide US and UK Trident II (D5) navigation subsystem engineering support services. With all options exercised, the contract value can reach a maximum value of US$ 147.4 million (€ 134.4 million).[xiv] In March 2016, Lockheed Martin obtained a maximum value US$ 93.4 million (€ 84.1 million) contract, covering among others Trident II Inertial Navigation Subsystem (INS) design; further development of the technology refreshment for Shipboard Systems Integration (SSI) increments and various prelaunch tasks. Work is expected to be finalized by November 2017.[xv] A contract from April 2016 with a value of US$ 21.0 million (€ 18.9 million) plans to provide the UK with engineering and technical support services and deliverable materials for the Trident II Missile System.[xvi]
As a member of the ICBM Prime Integration Team, Lockheed Martin is involved in the production and maintenance of the Minuteman III nuclear ICBM. The company has been the principal designer, manufacturer and sustainer of Minuteman III re-entry systems since the 1960s.[xvii] Lockheed Martin is responsible for the weapons, control and re-entry systems in this project led by BAE Systems since June 2014.[xviii]
In March 2011, the company received a US$ 12.5 million (€ 8.8 million) one-year subcontract by Northrop Grumman for the refurbishment of re-entry vehicle arming and fusing assemblies for the Minuteman III missiles. According to the latest US Air Force plans, these nuclear missiles will continue to be part of the US nuclear defence programme until at least 2030.[xix] In June 2014, Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract for sustainment of the re-entry subsystem for the Minuteman III. An initial one-year contract from the US Air Force had a value of US$ 109.0 million (€ 80.5 million). Options for additional years bring the potential contract value to US$ 452.0 million (€ 333.9 million). The contract includes repair, modification and testing of hardware and software components in the re-entry system-re-entry vehicle subsystem and related support equipment. Work is expected to be complete by June 2022.[xx]
Along with Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, Lockheed Martin is under contract since 2013 to conduct trade studies in support of the Air Force Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) missile plans. This line-up is expected to become a four-way competition to build a Long Range Standoff weapon.[xxi] Reportedly, the US Nuclear Weapons Council in October 2014 selected the W80-1 thermonuclear warhead for the LRSO nuclear cruise missile, scheduled for deployment in 2027. After modification during a life-extension programme, the warhead will be dubbed W80-4.[xxii] Little information about what the US Air Force is seeking in an LRSO missile is publicly available.[xxiii]
Lockheed Martin is part of the joint venture AWE-ML, the company that manages the United Kingdom’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).[xxiv] Following a previously equal distribution with partners Lockheed Martin and Serco, it was agreed during a restructuring in March 2016 that Lockheed Martin would increase its share to 51%, with Serco and Jacobs Engineering then holding 24.5% each.[xxv] The AWE is responsible for the maintenance of the warheads for the country’s Trident nuclear arsenal. Trident is a submarine-launched, intercontinental ballistic missile system carried by the fleet of Vanguard-class submarines. AWE-ML is responsible for managing and operating the AWE sites at Aldermaston, Burghfield, and Blacknest, and is a partner in the consortium operating the nuclear arms depot in Coulport, Scotland. [xxvi]
AWE’s involvement with Trident missiles covers the entire life cycle, from initial concept to assessment, design, component manufacture and assembly, in-service support and decommissioning and disposal.[xxvii] AWE-ML has a 25 year-long non-revocable contract to run the AWE that expires in March 2025. [xxviii] In the 15 years from 2000 to 2015, the contract had a value of an estimated £ 9 billion. The contract came under discussion in 2015 due to poor performance of the operator.[xxix] In March 2016, a modified contract between the Ministry of Defence and AWE-ML was agreed, described as including performance incentives as well as penalties for not meeting targets, and including the new consortium structure.[xxx]
According to recent reports, work is already under way at the AWE facilities in Aldermaston and Burghfield to upgrade the existing Trident arsenal. The “Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme” also entails the development of an entirely new warhead, the Mark 4A or Mk4A.[xxxi] The programme reportedly commenced without formally notifying the UK parliament.[xxxii]
Lockheed Martin is a member of the Consolidated Nuclear Services (CNS), which took over the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Plant in Texas under the same contract in 2014. CNS is a Bechtel -led joint venture including Lockheed Martin Services, ATK Launch Systems (part of Orbital ATK), SOC, and Booz Allen Hamilton as a teaming subcontractor.[xxxiii] The US$ 446 million (€ 326.5 million) contract has a base-term of five years, with options for an additional five years. The contract includes design and construction of a Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 National Security Complex and an option for Savannah River Tritium Operations at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.[xxxiv]
At the Y-12 Complex, nuclear weapons are produced and refurbished, and at the Pantex Plant in Texas the life extension programme for the W76 warheads deployed on Trident II (D5) ballistic missiles is expected to continue through 2018.[xxxv]
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- Capital Group
- Charles Schwab
- CL King & Associates
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- Fidelity Investments
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 Research indicated that SOC provides security services only, while Booz Allen Hamilton is a broad consulting firm whose work is not integral to maintain the nuclear arsenal.
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