Boeing awarded $5.2 billion Missile Defense Agency contract

Award is for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system

Personnel assigned to the Air Force’s 30th Space Wing, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Northern Command test the nation’s ground-based missile defense system at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in March 2019. The system provides the capability to engage and destroy intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats in space. Photo by Joe Davila, Air Force.

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Boeing a $5.2 billion contract for the system integration, test and readiness of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system.

The GMD system is the country’s only defense program capable of protecting the entire U.S. against long-range ballistic missiles, according to Boeing, which manages the GMD program out of Huntsville for the Department of Defense.

“Boeing’s proposal offered decades of experience in weapon systems integration, anchored by the unique expertise of our people,” said Cindy Gruensfelder, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile and Weapon Systems and Huntsville site senior executive. “We’re proud to continue to support the mission-readiness of this critical missile defense capability for the nation.”

The work under the contract will take place primarily in Huntsville and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2027.

Boeing has supported the GMD system since its inception in 1998, through development, sustainment and test operations. The system has now been on alert for nearly 18 years.

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