Lockheed Martin received a contract to create the warhead for the new American Sentinel ICBM
The United States continues to implement a program to create a new intercontinental ballistic missile that will replace the already obsolete Minuteman III ICBMs. Northrop Grumman was joined by Lockheed Martin, which received a contract from the Pentagon to create a warhead for a new ICBM.
The US Department of Defense has entered into a nearly billion-dollar agreement with Lockheed Martin to develop a reentry vehicle for the Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile. It is expected that by October 2039 the company will design and put into production a relatively cheap warhead for the MK.21A ICBM, developed on the basis of the Mk.21 warhead from the Minuteman-III ICBM. Other details of the contract have not been disclosed.
- The Pentagon said in a statement.
The new Sentinel ICBM is being developed by Northrop Grumman, the details of the development are not disclosed. It is 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 ICBM. Also, the new missile should be universal; perhaps it will be placed on mobile platforms.
According to the latest data, the program for adopting the latest Sentinel ICBM is in danger of failure. Due to a banal shortage of engineers and supply chain disruptions, the planned deployment of missiles will occur not in 2029, but in 2031, when the Minuteman III ICBMs will have already been decommissioned. Extending the continued service of the oldest ICBMs in the United States is simply dangerous.
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