Where do we go from here?
The first ICBM was installed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base. These powerful weapons continue to serve a critical role in the American nuclear arsenal in modern day. ICBMs can deploy up to 9,300 miles, which covers nearly any target in the world. Due to their powerful and deadly nature, ICBMs are considered a strategic defensive weapon.
Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce commenced advocacy efforts to secure congressional funding for GBSD. This project was set in place to ensure the safety of the United States for generations to come.
$86 Billion and the will to accomplish the mission was committed for GBSD & the United States Air Force began the vendor competition.
Boeing and Northrop Grumman were selected to compete in designing the new system.
Over the next three years, Northrop Grumman was selected to champion the modernization.
The $13.3 billion GBSD contract was announced to cover Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) of the new ICBMs through 2029.
Northrop Grumman plans to complete their first SENTINEL flight test at the end of 2023. These will test both the missile as well as the infrastructure that supports the GBSD system.
Northrop Grumman plans for the first launch facility of SENTINEL to begin initial production.
The deployment of the new SENTINEL system is projected to start in 2029. More units will be added through the mid-2030s.
The final SENTINEL system is expected to remain in operation through 2075.