Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) to deliver Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry field support equipment and modernise re-entry vehicles.

Under a new $50m contract, the company will produce seven units of re-entry field support equipment and four sets of additional support equipment for the Minuteman III ICBM system.

Being procured as part of the four-year, firm-fixed-price contract, the equipment will be used by USAF's missile maintainers to support testing and maintenance of all Minuteman III re-entry systems.

Lockheed Martin missile systems and advanced programmes vice-president Doug Graham said: "Missile maintainers bear great responsibility for our nation's critical strategic deterrence mission.

"We are proud to support their mission and provide airmen with next-generation support equipment to enable them to test and maintain ICBMs with modern technology, supporting Air Force Global Strike Command's continuous force improvement programme."

Additionally, the company has extended an existing weapon system integration contract for ICBM re-entry vehicle integration and modernisation.

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"The latest extension increased the contract value by $10.6m to nearly $107m over five years."

The latest extension increased the contract value by $10.6m to nearly $107m over five years.

Lockheed Martin is also modernising training systems, which will be used by the airmen to learn how to maintain Minuteman III re-entry vehicles.

To date, the company has delivered more than 700 missiles and 3,000 re-entry vehicles for multiple generations of ICBMs, including current operational Minuteman III.