BoeingBoeing (United States) is involved in the maintenance of the Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles in the US arsenal. It also provides the US and UK Trident II (D5) with maintenance, repair, and rebuilding and technical services.
Boeing, based in the US, is the world’s largest aerospace company and a leading manufacturer of jetliners and military, space and security systems. Its products and services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, bombs and missiles, electronic and military systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.[a]
In the financial year ending 31 December 2015, Boeing reported revenues of US$ 96.1 billion (€ 88.0 billion), resulting in an operating income of US$ 7.4 billion (€ 6.8 billion) and a net income of US$ 5.2 billion (€ 4.7billion).[b]
Boeing Corporate Offices
100 North Riverside
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Since 1958, Boeing has been responsible for the development and production of the US long-range nuclear LGM-30 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) (versions I, II and III). All Minuteman I and II have been retired.[i] However, 440 Minuteman III are still deployed.[ii]
Boeing is in charge of guidance, flight controls, secure codes and ground subsystems, as well as designing, testing, modernizing and repairing ICBM systems and components. The modernisation programme is meant to extend the service life of Minuteman III through the year 2030.[iii] In early 2015, the US Air Force awarded US$ 51.2 million (€ 45.3 million) to Boeing to provide sustaining engineering support and programme management support services for ICBM guidance systems. Work is expected to be completed by February 2023.[iv] The contract has been modified several times, including a US$ 15.6 million (€ 14.2 million) one-year award in January 2016, and a US$ 8.1 million (€ 7.2 million) two-year award in May 2016.[v]
In June 2015, the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center awarded Boeing a US$ 466.5 million (€ 423.3 million) contract for Minuteman III guidance repair. Work is expected to be completed by June 2021.[vi] In October 2015, Boeing obtained a US$ 110.1 million (€ 96.8 million) award for replacement of the Minuteman III telemetry, test and termination systems running until August 2019.[vii]
In September 2014, Boeing obtained a maximum value US$ 13.9 million (€ 10.6 million) contract by the US Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs to provide the Trident II (D5) Navigation Subsystem with component production and technical support services of the navigation system, test equipment and software modernization, and repair of the system, for the United States and United Kingdom. Work is expected to be completed in June 2017.[viii]
In December 2014, Boeing was awarded a US$ 39.5 million (€ 32.0 million) contract with options of up to US$ 80.2 million (€ 64.9 million) to provide the US and UK Trident II (D5) maintenance, repair, and rebuilding and technical services in support of the navigation subsystem. Work is expected to be completed in September 2017.[ix]
In October 2015, Boeing was awarded US$ 11.8 million (€ 10.4 million) for engineering and manufacturing development of the B61-12 tail-kit assembly for the replacement of the parachute system to be finalized by July 2017.[x] Boeing’s initial three-year contract for the design, development and qualification phase of the B61 (Mod 12) life-extension running until 2015 had a value of US$ 178 million (€ 137.6 million).[xi] The B61 is a nuclear gravity bomb with the oldest warhead design in the US-stockpile.[xii]
Since 2013, Boeing along with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, have been under contract to conduct 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.[xiii] 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.[xiv] Little information about what the US Air Force is seeking in an LRSO missile is publicly available.[xv]
The following financial institutions have made approximately US$ 70,484 million available to this producer since January 2013.
- Abu Dhabi Investment Council
- Academy Securities
- American Century Investments
- American International Group (AIG)
- Apto Partners
- Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)
- Bank of America
- Bank of China
- Bank of New York Mellon
- Blaylock Beal Van
- BNP Paribas
- Cantor Fitzgerald
- Capital Group
- CastleOak Securities
- CAVU Securities
- Central Bank of Libya
- Crédit Agricole
- Credit Suisse
- Deutsche Bank
- Divine Capital Markets
- Drexel Hamilton
- Fidelity Investments
- Franklin Resources
- GE Capital Services
- Geode Capital Management
- Goldman Sachs
- Goto Capital Markets
- Great Pacific Securities
- Guzman & Co
- Hartford Financial Services
- Huntington Bancshares
- ICICI Bank
- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
- Intesa Sanpaolo
- Janus Capital Group
- JPMorgan Chase
- Lebenthal Holdings
- Legg Mason
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Loop Capital
- Mackie Research Financial
- Manulife Financial
- Mischler Financial Group
- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial
- Mizuho Financial
- Morgan Stanley
- National Bank of Abu Dhabi
- New York Life Insurance
- Northern Trust
- Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
- Power Financial Corporation
- Principal Financial Group
- Prudential (UK)
- Prudential Financial (US)
- Riyad Bank
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- SAR Holding
- Siebert Brandford Shank Financial
- Siebert Capital
- Société Générale
- Standard Chartered
- State Bank of India
- State Street
- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial
- T. Rowe Price
- Telsey Advisory Group
- Toronto-Dominion Bank
- US Bancorp
- Voya Financial
- Vulcan Value Partners
- Wells Fargo
- White Mountains
- Williams Capital Group
This page was last updated 30 November 2016.
[a] Boeing, “Boeing in Brief”, Website Boeing (www.boeing.com/company/general-info/), viewed June 2016.
[b] Boeing, “Annual Report 2015”, Boeing, February 2016.
[i] Boeing, “LGM-30 Minuteman Missile”, Website Boeing (www.boeing.com/history/products/lgm-30-minuteman.page), viewed June 2016.
[ii] Woolf, A.E., “US Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments and Issues”, Congressional Research Service, 10 March 2016 (www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33640.pdf).
[iii] Space Daily, “Air Force Awards TRW $215 Million Contract for ICBM Motors”, Website Space daily (www.spacedaily.com/reports/Air_Force_Awards_TRW_$215_Million_Contract_for_ICBM_Motors.html), viewed June 2016;
Woolf, A.E., “US Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments and Issues”, Congressional Research Service, March 2016 (www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33640.pdf).
[iv] U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Contract FA8214-15-C-0001”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 8 January 2015 (www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5454).
[v] U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Modification P00009 to contract FA8214-15-C-0001”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 29 January 2016 (www.defense.gov/Contracts/Contract.aspx?ContractID=5555);
U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Modification P00016 to contract FA8214-15-C-0001”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 31 May 2016 (www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/785080)
[vi] U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Contract FA8214-15-D-0002”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 3 June 2015 (www.defense.gov/Contracts/Contract.aspx?ContractID=5555).
[vii] U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Modification P00007 to contract FA8414-15-C-0001”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 2 October 2015 (www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/621697).
[viii] Department of the Navy, “Justification and approval for the use of other than full and open competition”, Department of the Navy, October 2014 (www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=398459015e31293c52f4d6ecf54c90e9);
U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Contract N00030-14-C-0025 “, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 30 September 2014 (www.defense.gov/Contracts/Contract.aspx?ContractID=5387).
[ix] U.S. Department of Defense, Daily contracts – Contract N00030-15-C-0002”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 23 December 2014 (www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5445’).
[x] U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Modification P00049 to contract FA2103-13-C-0006”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 13 October 2015 (www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/622943).
[xi] Boeing, “Boeing receives $178 million contract for B61 tail kit assembly”, News release Boeing, 27 November 2012 (boeing.mediaroom.com/2012-11-27-Boeing-Receives-178-Million-Contract-for-B61-Tail-Kit-Assembly);
U.S. Department of Defense, “Daily contracts – Contract FA2103-13-C-0006”, Website U.S. Department of Defense, 27 November 2012 (archive.defense.gov/Contracts/Contract.aspx?ContractID=4924).
[xii] Roulo, C., “Defense officials detail nuke upgrade program”, U.S. Department of Defense, 30 October 2013 (archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121028).
[xiii] InsideDefense, “Long-Range Standoff Missile Development Pushed Back By Three Years”, InsideDefense, 5 March 2014;
Malenic, M., “Industry expects LRSO RfP in months”, IHS Jane’s 360, 16 March 2016 (www.janes.com/article/58824/industry-expects-lrso-rfp-in-months).
[xiv] Federation of American Scientists, “W80-1 Warhead Selected For New Nuclear Cruise Missile”, Website Federation of American Scientists, 10 October 2014 (fas.org/blogs/security/2014/10/w80-1_lrso/).
[xv] Malenic, M., “USAF wants to dodge latest air defences with bomber’s new secret weapon”, Website IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, 27 January 2015.