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Boe­ing will de­velop its pre­lim­i­nary de­sign for Amer­ica’s next in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile through a $349 mil­lion US Air Force con­tract an­nounced to­day.

Boe­ing and Northrop Grum­man each re­ceived risk-re­duc­tion con­tracts for the Ground Based Strate­gic De­ter­rent pro­gram, which will re­place the Minuteman III ICBM. In 2020, the Air Force will choose one com­pany to de­velop the new land­based el­e­ment of Amer­ica’s nu­clear triad. Mis­siles launched from sub­marines and air­craft are the other el­e­ments of the triad.

“Since the first Minuteman launch in 1961, the US Air Force has re­lied on our tech­nolo­gies for a safe, se­cure and re­li­able ICBM force,” said Frank McCall, Boe­ing di­rec­tor of Strate­gic De­ter­rence Sys­tems and GBSD pro­gram man­ager. “As the Air Force pre­pares to re­place the Minuteman III, we will once again an­swer the call by draw­ing on the best of Boe­ing to de­liver the ca­pa­bil­ity, flex­i­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity the mis­sion re­quires.”

The Minuteman III re­place­ment ef­fort will in­clude flight, com­mand and con­trol, and launch sys­tems. The Engi­neer­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing De­vel­op­ment phase of the pro­gram will be awarded to one com­pany in 2020.

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