HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The U.S.’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile could be designed in Alabama.
Boeing Co., the aerospace company whose roots in Alabama go back more than half a century, announced today that the U.S. Air Force has awarded it a $349 million contract for preliminary design work on a replacement for the Minuteman III ICBM.
Boeing said the work will be performed in Huntsville, as well as other locations including Ogden, Utah, and Heath, Ohio.
Northrop Grumman also received a $349 million contract for the design phase of what’s called the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program. The Minuteman III replacement represents the land-based element of the nation’s “nuclear triad,” which includes missiles launched from submarines and aircraft.