Where do we go from here? 

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The five F-1 engines of the huge Saturn
1960's

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. 

2010

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.

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2015

$86 Billion and the will to accomplish the mission was committed for GBSD & the United States Air Force began the vendor competition.

2017

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. 

2020

The $13.3 billion GBSD contract was announced to cover Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) of the new ICBMs through 2029. 

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2023

Northrop Grumman plans to complete their first GBSD flight test at the end of 2023. These will test both the missile as well as the infrastructure that supports the GBSD system.

2026

Northrop Grumman plans for the first launch facility of the GBSD system to begin initial production.

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2029

The deployment of the new GBSD system is projected to start in 2029. More units will be added through the mid-2030s.

2075

The final GBSD system is expected to remain in operation through 2075.