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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Trident Missile Life Extension Being Accomplished Incrementally

UGM-133 Trident D5 MissileThe Navy is extending the life of its UGM-133 Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles incrementally rather than all at once.

Tim Cahill, vice president for engineering for Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif., the builder of the Trident missile, told Seapower that the company is building, testing and installing upgraded and new components as they are developed, rather than upgrading the missiles with the total upgrade package. The program is called the Trident LE, for life extension.

The Navy decided to puts its Trident missiles through a life-extension program rather than develop a new-design missile for the next-generation ballistic-missile submarine, the Ohio Replacement.

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