Printer Friendly

U.S. Navy Conducts 95th Straight Successful Test Launch of TRIDENT II -D5- Missile Built by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Operations.

Business Editors

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 18, 2002

The U.S. Navy has successfully test fired a TRIDENT II (D5) Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems--Missiles & Space Operations, a business area of Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT). The missile, launched over the weekend from the strategic submarine USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) at the Eastern Range off the eastern Florida coast, extends the D5's record to 95 consecutive successful test launches.

The latest test launch was the final activity of a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) exercise conducted by the blue crew of the USS ALASKA (SSBN 732). The DASO's purpose is to collect system performance data in an operational environment and evaluate the readiness of the weapon system, crew and submarine for operational patrol.

This was the first of four launches scheduled over the coming years as part of the Navy program to convert four TRIDENT Ohio-class fleet ballistic missile submarines currently homeported at the Navy strategic submarine base in Bangor, Wash., to TRIDENT II (D5) capability. The four submarines are the USS ALASKA (SSBN-732), USS NEVADA (SSBN-733), USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN-730), and USS ALABAMA (SSBN-731). These submarines previously carried the older TRIDENT I (C4) missiles.

"We are extremely proud of the perfect performance record of the TRIDENT II (D5) missile system," said Tom Morton, vice president of Strategic Missile Programs at Missiles & Space Operations in Sunnyvale. "Achieving 95 consecutive successful test launches is truly a remarkable feat. We also would like to congratulate the crew of the USS ALASKA for completing a successful DASO."

The USS ALASKA entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in April 2000 to begin her conversion to D5 capability. Following the DASO launch, the ALASKA will return to the shipyard for a three-month Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) period to correct problems and deficiencies discovered during the DASO. The ALASKA will then re-deploy in the Pacific Ocean early this summer.

TRIDENT II (D5) is a three-stage, solid propellant, inertial-guided submarine-launched ballistic missile. It is 44.5 ft in length, 83 inches in diameter, weighs 130,000 lbs., has a range greater than 4,000 nautical miles, and carries up to eight Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs).

TRIDENT II (D5), the sixth generation of FBMs developed by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy, is presently deployed only in the Atlantic Ocean.

Recently, the Navy awarded Lockheed Martin the first of several contracts to extend the service life of the TRIDENT II (D5) missile system from 30 to 44 years to match the extended life of the TRIDENT Ohio-class submarine. The D5 service life extension program will extend D5 missile production through 2013. The program is expected to make the D5 missile system operationally viable to 2042.

The Navy selected Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space as its prime missile systems contractor in 1955. Since then, the FBM team has produced six successive generations of Fleet Ballistic Missiles: POLARIS (A1), POLARIS (A2), POLARIS (A3), POSEIDON (C3), TRIDENT I (C4) and the TRIDENT II (D5).

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, headquartered in Denver, Colo., is one of the major operating units of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space Systems designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a variety of advanced technology systems for military, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include space launch and ground systems, remote sensing and communications satellites for commercial and government customers, advanced space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft, fleet ballistic missiles and missile defense systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services. Lockheed Martin had 2001 sales of $24 billion.

For more information about Lockheed Martin Space Systems - Missiles & Space Operations see our web site at
COPYRIGHT 2002 Business Wire
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Business Wire
Date:Mar 18, 2002
Previous Article:Richard J. Schnieders to Become Chairman and CEO of SYSCO; Chairman & CEO Charles H. Cotros Will Retire on December 31, 2002 After 43 Years in the...
Next Article:AltaVista Adds Proven Management Talent to Media Sales Team.

Related Articles
Where does ABM Defence Stand?
Marines Clamor for Long-Range Artillery at Sea: DD-21 demise triggers new round of complaints about lack of fire support.
Army pondering alternatives for tactical missile payload.
Far reaching propositions: sea-based, barrel-launched guided projectiles and conventionally armed cruise missiles are already demonstrating...
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
APKSW II test flies Junior.
Big deals in short.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters