Draper Lab team to upgrade submarine-launched D-5 missile guidance systems

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 16 Nov. 2005. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., won a $130.6 million contract to maintain and improve the U.S. and United Kingdom MK-6 guidance system of the Trident II (D-5) submarine-launched ballistic missile system.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 16 Nov. 2005. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., won a $130.6 million contract to maintain and improve the U.S. and United Kingdom MK-6 guidance system of the Trident II (D-5) submarine-launched ballistic missile system.

Draper Lab experts will develop a computer-based integrated engineering environment and an open-architecture strategic inertial guidance hardware technology synthesizer not only to help evaluate alternatives to the D-5 missile's gyroscope, but also to monitor radiation-hardened electronics technology.

Draper Lab is subcontracting with several other companies for the D-5 missile guidance system effort.

Dynamics Research Corp. (DRC) in Andover Mass., will maintain and operate the centralized engineering database for the MK-6 guidance system and improve products related to the MK-6 guidance system test equipment

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Pittsfield, Mass., will support work at the Atlantic Fleet Strategic Weapons Facility at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Ga., and at the Pacific Fleet Strategic Weapons Facility at Bangor Naval Submarine Base, Wash.

The Raytheon Co. Electronics Systems Division in El Segundo, Calif., will provide test equipment maintenance and support, fleet support, stellar camera development, and electronic factory support.

Honeywell Inc. in Clearwater, Fla., will provide storage assessment testing on Trident guidance systems inertial instruments. Finally, Litton Systems Inc. in Woodland Hills, Calif., will develop the alternate pendulous integrating accelerometer.

Work on this effort will be in Cambridge, Mass., and will be finished in September 2006. The contract was not competitively procured. Awarding the contract is the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs in Washington. The contract number is N000-30-06-C-0003.

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