Lockheed Martin: Production of Nuclear Weapons

According to Lockheed Martin, their nuclear instrumentation and control systems can be found aboard all U.S. Navy nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers deployed worldwide1. The company produces a wide variety of nuclear weapons such as the Trident II D5 nuclear missiles found on US Ohio- and British Vanguard-class submarines2. Lockheed Martin forms part of the consortium, AWE, which manages the UK nuclear warhead system, Trident3. The US Department of Defense budget currently includes 561 Trident II missiles, worth $65 million (€50 mill) each, excluding research and development costs, totalling $35 billion (€27 bill)4. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to maintain and develop the Minuteman III nuclear missile system through to 2022, at a price of US$452 million (€353 mill)5.

Lockheed Martin has over the past year been contracted to provide nuclear weapon security systems to the US Navy6; to develop the new guided B61-12 TSA tail kit, which increases the accuracy of deployed, ground-penetrating bombs, or “mini-nuclear-bombs”7; and renewed their contract to manage and operate the National Nuclear Security Administration plants (including weapons life extension programs)8.

  1. Lockheed Martin (2014): Nuclear Systems and Solutions (accessed 23.09.2014) []
  2. IKV Pax Christi (2013): Don’t Bank on the Bomb: Lockheed Martin; October 2013 (accessed 23.09.2014) []
  3. AWE (2014): The Trident Weapons System (accessed 23.09.2014) []
  4. 24/7 Wall Street (2012): The 10 Most Expensive Weapons in the World; 9 January (accessed 23.09.2014) []
  5. Avery, G. (2014): Lockheed Martin Space Systems land nuke missile contract for up to $452 million; Denver Business Journal, 10 June (accessed 23.09.2014) []
  6. Seffer, G.I. (2013): Lockheed Martin to provide Nuclear Weapon Security Equipment; Signal Online, 22 July (accessed 23.09.2014) []
  7. Kristensen, H.M. (2011): B61 LEP: Increasing NATO Nuclear Capability and Precision Low-Yield Strikes; FAS, 15 June(accessed 23.09.2014); Jane’s Weapons Handbook 2012/2013 – Air-launched Weapons, p. 417 []
  8.  Defence Talk (2014): Lockheed Martin Resume Transition of US Nuclear Facility Management; 12 March (accessed 23.09.2014) []