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LI Lockheed Martin unit wins $51.4M Trident missile contract

Lockheed Martin Corp.'s unit at Mitchel Field is

Lockheed Martin Corp.'s unit at Mitchel Field is in line to receive $51.4 million, or 55 percent, of a $93.4 million contract for upgraded navigation systems on Trident II D5 ballistic missiles. Credit: U.S. Navy

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s unit at Mitchel Field has won the lion’s share of a $93.4 million contract for upgraded navigation systems on submarine-based Trident II D5 ballistic missiles for the U.S. and U.K. navies, the company confirmed Monday.

The contract will be split with other Lockheed units in Huntington Beach, California, Clearwater, Florida, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mitchel Field is in line to receive $51.4 million, or 55 percent of the contract’s value.

The contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, includes test plans, reports and hardware, and software design required to validate performance at sea.

The contract’s expected completion date is Nov. 30, 2017.

Trident II D5 missiles, first deployed in 1990, can travel 4,000 nautical miles, or 4,603 statute miles, with a full payload, roughly the distance from New York City to Moscow. The nuclear-capable missiles, which are launched underwater, are deployed aboard U.S. Navy Ohio-class and U.K. Royal Navy Vanguard-class submarines, and are expected to remain in service through 2042 through upgraded electronics, according to the Bethesda, Maryland, company.

Lockheed Martin has been the Navy’s prime contractor for the Trident submarine navigation system since 1955.

“Lockheed Martin’s Trident navigation team consists of over 200 employees at Mitchel Field, New York, and at customer locations around the country,” a company spokeswoman said via email.

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