Air Force, Boeing complete first review of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program

ARLINGTON, Va. U.S Air Force and Boeing engineers completed the firs review of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, which validated program technical requirements prior to the design and development phase of the next intercontinental ballistic missile system.

The November established the baseline for the GBSD, which will replace the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and continue the nuclear deterrence mission.

Boeing completed the System Requirements Review about two months after being awarded $349 million to mature the GBSD system design under a Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction contract, officials say.

“The Air Force set clear system design requirements early in the acquisition process,” says Frank McCall, Boeing director of Strategic Deterrence Systems and GBSD program manager. “Thanks to this straightforward guidance, the Boeing team was able to focus on options that would meet those requirements and provide the capability needed to deter an evolving threat.”

Boeing’s design addresses the replacement of the entire ICBM system, including new flight systems, weapon system command and control (WSC2), and launch systems within existing Minuteman silos.

“We concentrated on modularity and affordability to enable efficient government ownership of the system through 2075 and beyond,” McCall adds.

Now that the requirements baseline has been set, Boeing will move through a series of cost-capability studies, weighing affordability against configuration options to come up with a GBSD solution that is capable, flexible, and affordable.

Boeing officials plan to present its Preliminary Design Review to the Air Force in 2020.

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