An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:03 pm, PDT, April 26, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley)
The air force plans to fire off new prototype icbm’s in the early 2020 as part of a multi-year plan to design and implement next generation of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles by the late 2020 – by building weapons with an improved range, durability, focus on technology and the overall lethality, service officials said.
The service is already the first technological advances in the design, and “systems engineering” for a new arsenal of icbm’s should be well in the 2070s – called Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence, or GBSD.
“GBSD initial operational capability is currently projected for the end of 2020,” Capt. Hope Cronin, an Air Force spokeswoman, told the Warrior Maven.
Northrop Grumman and Boeing teams were awarded Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction offers from the air force last year as part of a longer-term development process aimed at the development, testing, shooting and, ultimately, the deployment of new icbms.
After a first 3 years of the development phase, the Air Force plans an Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and the final deployment of the new weapons.
“Milestone B is currently projected for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2020. This means the completion of the technology maturation and risk reduction activities and provides for the engineering and manufacturing phase of development,” Cronin said.
The air force plans to award the single EMD contract in late fiscal year 2020.
In short, the Air Force plans for the construction of 400 new GBSD weapons in the modernisation of the arsenal and the replacement of the 1970s-era Boeing-built Minuteman iii’s.
The new weapons will be developed with an improved guidance technology, boosters, flight systems, and command and control systems, in comparison with the existing Minuteman III missiles. The weapon will also have an upgrade performed on the circuits and are built with a mind to long-term maintenance and sustainability, developers said.
“The GBSD design is not yet completed. Cost capability and trade studies are under way,” Cronin added.
First subsystem prototypes are included in the scope of the current Boeing and Northrop offers, service, developers said.
Senior nuclear weapons developers have told Warrior that upgraded guidance packages, sustainability, and new targeting technology are all under the current development focus for the GBSD.
The new icbms will be deployed approximately in the same geographical expanse in which the current weapons are stationed. In total scattered areas in three different sites span 33,600 km, including missiles in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Minot, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana.
The Paradox of Strategic Deterrence
“GBSD will ensure a safe and effective land-based deterrence by 2075,” Cronin claimed.
If one is too passive to reflect on the seemingly limitless explosive power to destroy, vaporize, or combust, cities, countries, and massive parts of the territory or the people — images of the quiet, flowing green pastures, quiet and festive gatherings, or the melodic sound of chirping birds may not immediately come to mind.
After all, deadly destructive weapons is not, by any means, seem to be synonymous with tranquility, peace and collective happiness. However, it is precisely the prospect of the massive violence that leads to the possibility of peace. Nuclear weapons thus, in some unambiguous sense, can be interpreted as the antithesis of himself; – simply put – a potential for massive violence creates peace – and so the conceptual thrust of the nuclear deterrence.
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