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Northrop Grumman received a contract to develop a new American ICBM

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Northrop Grumman received a contract to develop a new American ICBM

The American company Northrop Grumman won the US Air Force tender for the development and production of a new intercontinental ballistic missile GBSD, which will replace the aging Minuteman-III. According to Defense News, within the framework of the concluded contract for the development of a new ICBM, $ 13,3 billion has been allocated.


Northrop Grumman will be the primary US company that will develop the new ICBM. Development assistance will be provided by several American companies and corporations, including General Dynamics, Kratos Defense, Lockheed Martin, Textron Systems and others, all work will be carried out at the Northrop Grumman site.

Earlier, the tender was attended by the Boeing concern, which in mid-2019 withdrew from the project, explaining its decision by dissatisfaction with the terms of the tender for the development of a new ballistic missile.

The details of the development of the new ICBM are not disclosed, it is only known that under the terms of the contract, the new ICBM will have to use the Mk.12A and Mk.21 warheads from the Minuteman-III ICBMs, in which one or more W78 nuclear charges (350 kilotons) can be placed and W87 (300 kilotons) respectively. Also, the new rocket should be universal, it is possible that it will begin to be placed on mobile platforms.

The US Air Force's GBSD (Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent) program involves the gradual replacement of all 2027 Minuteman-450 ground-based ICBMs from 3 and is estimated at $ 85 billion. After being put into service, the new ICBMs should be in service with the United States at least until 2075.

Minuteman III is the only intercontinental ground-based ballistic missile currently in service with the United States. Three-stage missiles of this family were originally created for nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union. According to the latest data from open sources, the United States has 450 missiles Minuteman 3, capable of hitting the target with three warheads at a range of 12 thousands of kilometers.
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  1. horus88
    horus88 9 September 2020 13: 29 New
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    Well, they fail in this business
    1. Aleksandr1971
      Aleksandr1971 9 September 2020 13: 38 New
      +1
      You should not count on their failure.
      We need to improve our own Strategic Missile Forces and ABM. Perhaps it is also worth reviving the network of anti-nuclear bunkers for the population in the cities of the country and increasing the strategic reserves of fuel, food, medicine, transport and other things. Although the moral effect for our population will be depressing.
      1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
        Sidor Amenpodestovich 9 September 2020 13: 47 New
        +4
        Quote: Aleksandr1971
        We need to improve our own Strategic Missile Forces and ABM.

        Are they not improving?
        1. Temples
          Temples 9 September 2020 15: 53 New
          +1
          Quote: Aleksandr1971
          it is worth reviving in the cities of the country a network of anti-nuclear bunkers for the population

          Ordered paranoia? Receive. fellow

          Katz offers to surrender. wassat
          1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
            Sidor Amenpodestovich 9 September 2020 16: 01 New
            0
            - It is in vain to run around in underpants. It's one thing to do your duty in underpants, it's honorable. But competing in underpants is, in my opinion, a typical organizational miscalculation.
            "Doomed City" seems to be, but I will not vouch.
          2. Aleksandr1971
            Aleksandr1971 9 September 2020 16: 23 New
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            In your opinion, Khramov (Vladimir), does the presence of an enemy target our cities require any protection for the population? Let's say that ICBMs are just a potential threat that will never be enforced. But let the anti-nuclear bunkers also become only potential protection, and will never be used for their intended purpose. But still, let them be.
        2. Aleksandr1971
          Aleksandr1971 9 September 2020 16: 20 New
          -1
          Improving weapons must be an ongoing process. It's good that with regard to the Strategic Missile Forces, judging by the news from our military-industrial complex, this is so.
          1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
            Sidor Amenpodestovich 9 September 2020 16: 22 New
            0
            Quote: Aleksandr1971
            Improving weapons must be an ongoing process. It's good that with regard to the Strategic Missile Forces, judging by the news from our military-industrial complex, this is so.

            Sarmat
            C-500
            A-235 Nudol.
    2. RVAPatriot
      RVAPatriot 9 September 2020 15: 43 New
      0
      I wonder how they have nuclear stuffing for warheads ?? How long will it last ???
  2. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 9 September 2020 13: 41 New
    +2
    we only know that under the terms of the contract, the new ICBM will have to use the warheads Mk.12A and Mk.21 from ICBM Minuteman-III,
    Yes .. you see, indeed, with the production of new weapons-grade nuclear filling, the United States has significant problems. It would seem ... if you make a new missile (designed for up to 75 years), then put a new one on it right away, but no, a prerequisite is compatibility with the warheads of the old Minutemans, i.e. unambiguously novya will be a complete shortage and junk from the Minutemans will be rearranged on the missiles being developed (which even the fig knows when they will be shoved into the mines)
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 9 September 2020 13: 55 New
      +6
      Therefore old stuff? Warheads are constantly being upgraded, otherwise they will not be on alert. But the body of the missiles, the stage engines will be replaced.
      1. The leader of the Redskins
        The leader of the Redskins 9 September 2020 15: 01 New
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        I think for the indicated amount they will develop and begin to supply the troops.
        It's a shame the phone can't convey my sigh ...
        1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
          Sidor Amenpodestovich 9 September 2020 15: 11 New
          0
          Quote: Leader of the Redskins
          It's a shame the phone can't convey my sigh ...

          You can write it down and insert it in the comment as a media file.
          1. Temples
            Temples 9 September 2020 15: 57 New
            +1
            Quote: voyaka uh
            Warheads are constantly being upgraded.

            Quote: voyaka uh
            But the body of the missiles, the stage engines will be replaced.

            It is not the same?
            "Upgrade" and replacement are not different names for the same process?

            Or in Israel, the "upgrade" is done with a wet cloth on the surface?
  3. An64
    An64 9 September 2020 14: 02 New
    +2
    The US Air Force's GBSD (Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent) program involves the gradual replacement of all 2027 Minuteman-450 ground-based ICBMs from 3

    Something you are misleading us here. The original source says that the replacement will begin in 2029
    Begining in 2029, GBSD will start replacing the LGM-30G Minuteman III ICBMs, which were fielded in 1970, Northrop said in a statement.
  4. codetalker
    codetalker 9 September 2020 14: 08 New
    -3
    Developing a new ICBM from scratch in 7 years is not an easy task. Does this corporation have experience in this area?
    1. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 9 September 2020 15: 07 New
      +2
      Quote: codetalker
      Developing a new ICBM from scratch in 7 years is not an easy task. Does this corporation have experience in this area?

      There among accomplices - Lockheed-Martin, designer and manufacturer of SLBMs and launch vehicles.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 9 September 2020 15: 50 New
        +5
        Northrop Grumman won the tender because they are experts in solid fuel, space and solid-fuel rockets.
        Because of this, Boeing refused. Anyway, he would have to choose Northrop as a sub-contractor for the first stage.
    2. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 9 September 2020 15: 55 New
      -1
      Huge, bought together with Orbital ATK before the tender. Yes, they themselves knew a lot
  5. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 9 September 2020 14: 39 New
    -4
    The guys choke on saliva, anticipating a grandiose "cut" of budget nishtyaks)))
  6. yfast
    yfast 9 September 2020 22: 09 New
    -2
    We are constantly shooting a bullet in Kamchatka during tests. Will it not turn out that in a real situation all the missiles launched at the SS will land in Kamchatka, since this is a well-oiled route?
    1. 3danimal
      3danimal 11 September 2020 06: 40 New
      0
      Like in a joke about a circus knife thrower? (All my life I threw knives at my partner's wife. smile
      Although, Rogozin also offered to blow up missiles on our territory: we will end immediately, and everyone else - a little later belay