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Charles Stark Draper Lab tapped for Trident guidance system production

By Ryan Maass
The contract supports production for Lockheed Martin's submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM. Pictured: An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland. U.S. Navy Photo by John Kowalski
The contract supports production for Lockheed Martin's submarine-launched ballistic missile, or SLBM. Pictured: An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland. U.S. Navy Photo by John Kowalski

Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Charles Stark Draper Laboratory with a $53 million contract for Trident D5 MK 6 guidance system production.

Under the contract, the company will perform several services for the submarine-launched ballistic missile including failure verification, testing, repairs, recertification of inertial measurement units electronic assemblies, and electronic modules.

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According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in Minneapolis, Minn.; Clearwater, Fla.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Pittsfield, Mass. The work is expected to be complete by the end of January 2021.

Charles Stark Draper Laboratory received $45.6 million in Fiscal 2017 weapons procurement funds at the time of the contract award in addition to $7.8 million in funds from Britain. The Strategic Systems Programs in Washington, D.C., is listed as the contracting activity.

The Trident II D5 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile developed by Lockheed Martin. The missile was first deployed in 1990 to replace the Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident I C4 programs, and remains in service in the United States and Britain.

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