Boeing and Northrop Grumman Corporation Team Bags $3.5-Bn US Defence Deal

january 9 2012

The Boeing Company and industry partner Northrop Grumman Corporation have received the development and sustainment contract (DSC) from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the United States' ballistic missile defense system.

Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin to retain its position as the prime contractor for the US long-range missile shield, the Pentagon said on Friday. The US Defence Department said it was awarding Boeing a $3.5-billion, seven-year contract to develop, test, engineer and manufacture missile defense systems. A team led by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon had vied with Boeing to expand and maintain the Ground based midcourse defence, or GMD, hub of layered antimissile protection.

Boeing partnered with Northrop Grumman to retain the work. "We believe the government conducted a fair and open competition, making the right decision for the future of the programme," Norm Tew, Boeing vice president and programme director of GMD, said in a statement.

The GMD contract's value to Boeing will be approximately $18 billion from January 2001, when it formally became the system's prime contractor, through the end of this year, Boeing has said. GMD uses radar and other sensors plus a 20,000-mile fiber optic communications network to cue interceptors in silos at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The shield has been shaped initially to guard against ballistic missiles threats.

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