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"Boeing wins $405M to test nuclear missile systems in 'extreme environments' in Utah"

  • 03 Apr 2024 12:25
    Message # 13338323


    By Collin Leonard,                                                                        2 Apr 2024

    OGDEN — Boeing announced Tuesday that it was awarded an additional $405 million contract to continue "extreme environmental testing" on nuclear weapons components at Hill Air Force Base.

    The contract was first awarded in September 2017, for $154 million. In February, it was extended for another five years, making the total amount of the contract worth up to $559 million and allowing Boeing engineers to continue working at the Little Mountain Test Facility, a remote 1,000-acre area on the western shore of the Great Salt Lake. The site is owned by the Air Force and operated in partnership with defense contractors.

    It was a noncompetitive contract, which can be awarded in specific cases where "only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements," per federal regulations.

    Boeing tests components of the Minuteman and Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile projects, simulating extreme environments to better understand "radiation effects, electromagnetic effects, shock and vibration," and other environmental impacts, according to a press release.


    The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the Minuteman ICBM program as prime contractor in 1958. Utah companies, including Thiokol of Brigham City and the Hercules Powder Company out of Magna, won contracts to work on propulsion for the missiles.

    Fifty years ago, in 1974, Boeing took the lead on test support at the Little Mountain Test Facility. The company, once inextricably tied to U.S. nuclear missile programs, declined to compete for the Sentinel contract, which is replacing the Minuteman program. The $13 billion contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman in September 2020.

    Boeing was selected as the prime contractor for Minuteman III guidance system support in 2023, with a $1.6 billion contract, maintaining the missiles until at least 2039.

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