ATK Launch Systems to repurpose ICBM parts for commercial use

A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch out of Vandenberg Air Force Base. Photo by Senior Airman Kyla Gifford/30th Space Wing Public Affairs/U.S. Air Force

Sept. 9 (UPI) — ATK Launch Systems in Corrine, Utah, has received an $86.4 million contract for engineering services of the Minuteman and Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The contract provides for component testing, evaluation, engineering support and disposal for all stages of Minuteman and Peacekeeper systems.

Work will be performed in Promontory, Utah, and Utah Test and Training Range. Air Force fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $637,194 will be obligated at the time of award.

The missile components will be repurposed for resale and use in commercial space flight operations for satellite launches and other uses.

The Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles form a key part of the U.S. nuclear deterrent and are the only land-based ICBMs in U.S. service.

The Peacekeeper, also known as the MX, was made in small numbers during the 1980’s as a first-strike missile capable of carrying up to 10 nuclear warheads to destroy Soviet missile silos.

The Peacekeeper was expensive, unreliable and was seen by the Soviet Union as a highly aggressive weapon designed for pre-emptive nuclear war. The Peacekeeper was deactivated following the START II arms control treaty with Russia from 2002 to 2005.


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