Textron

Textron produces US ICBM re-entry vehicles.

Company profile

Textron is a US-based multi-industry company engaged in aircraft, military, industrial and finance businesses. Military-related business sections include Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter.[i]

In the financial year ending 31 December 2018, Textron generated revenues of US$ 14.0 billion (€ 12.4 billion), resulting in an operating income of US$ 845 million (€ 750 million) and a net income of US$ 1.2 billion (€ 1.06 billion).[ii]

Stock exchange listing

NYSE: TXT

Contact

Textron World Headquarters
Textron Inc. (Corporate)
40 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
U.S.A.
Phone: +1 (401) 421-2800


Nuclear weapons

Textron produces US ICBM re-entry vehicles.

Minuteman III

Textron designs and builds the US Air Force’s operational inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry vehicles. Textron no longer publishes information on its current ICBM work on its website.[iii] In March 2014, Textron Defense System was awarded a US$ 17.2 million (€ 12.5 million) contract to convert up to six Minuteman III MK 12A re-entry vehicles to the Mod 5F configuration. The contract was provided for a five-year ordering period by the US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center in Utah. It is to provide the government with up to 21 Mod 5F midsections for the ICBM. Work is expected to be completed by March 2025.[iv]

[last updated 13 May 2019]

The following companies are profiled in the latest report.

In some nuclear-armed states – in particular the United States, the United Kingdom and France – private companies are hired by governments to carry out work on maintaining and modernising nuclear arsenals.

This report looks at the companies most heavily involved in the nuclear weapon industry. The contracts these companies have with nuclear armed countries are for materials and services to keep nuclear weapons in their arsenals. The companies described are substantially involved in the nuclear weapons programmes of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, or India and are themselves based in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In other nuclear-armed countries –Russia, China, Pakistan and North Korea – the maintenance and modernization of nuclear forces is carried out primarily or exclusively by government agencies.

Methodology

The nuclear weapon producers identified were selected on the basis of a predetermined set of criteria.
– Information on investments is publicly available.
– The company is directly involved in the development, testing, production, maintenance or trade of nuclear weapons related technology, parts, products or services.
– The company’s involvement is related to warheads, or to delivery systems such as missiles, that are specifically developed for nuclear tasks. This includes technology that is designed for ‘dual use’ (military and civilian) but excludes technology that is not designed for, but can be used in nuclear warfare. It does not include delivery platforms such as bombers and submarines.

State owned or controlled nuclear industries are outside the scope of this research, as are companies not publicly listed. Our research uncovered a number of Universities involved in nuclear weapons programmes, but these are also outside the scope of the report.

The list of nuclear weapon producers investigated was compiled through a wide variety of sources, including financial institution exclusion lists, civil society reports, media reports, etc. Additional details on the contracts and components is on the website.
We welcome information at any time about possible nuclear weapon producing companies to investigate.