Bechtel Selected for USAF ICBM Modernization Contract
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Bechtel Selected for USAF ICBM Modernization Contract

Bechtel Selected for USAF ICBM Modernization Contract

Bechtel National, Inc, the U.S. government contracting subsidiary of Bechtel Corp., is part of the Northrop Grumman-led nationwide team* selected this week to upgrade or construct more than 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles silos and launch facilities (of U.S. Air Force's Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent System - GBSD System), all in remote areas – while ensuring that enough infrastructure stays online to provide an effective deterrent. 

Bechtel will provide launch infrastructure design and construction as part of the program's Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase. 

Image Attribute: An airman patrols outside a Minuteman III missile launch facility. Bechtel is a member of the Northrop Grumman-led team selected to replace the Minuteman III and upgrade launch infrastructure as part of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program. / Source: U.S. Air Force

Image Attribute: An airman patrols outside a Minuteman III missile launch facility. Bechtel is a member of the Northrop Grumman-led team selected to replace the Minuteman III and upgrade launch infrastructure as part of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program. / Source: U.S. Air Force

"The GBSD program is a crucial component of U.S. strategic defense," said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel's Nuclear, Security, and Environmental global business unit. "The existing system must maintain capability during the entirety of modernization, presenting a complex logistical and planning challenge. We are fully aligned with the Air Force and Northrop Grumman, and ready on day one to begin design, construction, and turnover of the ground-based facilities."

The program begins immediately and is scheduled to last 8 ½ years. Bechtel's work will take place in Roy, Utah; Reston, Virginia; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Development of test and training facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and other locations will provide valuable feedback on design and installation methods for use at the operational silos and launch centers.

Image Attribute: Airmen service a reinforced door at a U.S. missile alert facility. The facilities would be upgraded or replaced as part of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program. / Source: U.S. Air Force

Image Attribute: Airmen service a reinforced door at a U.S. missile alert facility. The facilities would be upgraded or replaced as part of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program. / Source: U.S. Air Force

"The GBSD program will modernize the entire Minuteman weapon system," said Greg Manuel, vice president, and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Strategic Deterrent Systems Division. "A 21st-century system will be installed ensuring America's land-based leg of the triad remains safe, secure, and effective for decades to come. We're excited to have Bechtel's an engineering and construction expertise on our nationwide team."


Bechtel's recent experience in the sector includes delivery of launch silos and infrastructure in Alaska, California, and the Marshall Islands for the U.S. missile defense system known as Ground-based Midcourse Defense. Bechtel also constructed launch complexes for NASA and the Air Force and is now working to provide the NASA mobile launcher that will send astronauts to the moon and eventually Mars.

Earlier this year in February, Bechtel National joined the Northrop Grumman Corp. team to deliver the U.S. Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) system of inter-continental ballistic missiles and launch infrastructure. For more details, click here.

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