Category Archives: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

Air Force secretary visits Malmstrom

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall visited Malmstrom Air Force Base on Dec. 22. Sen. Jon Tester, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, invited the secretary earlier this month and on Wednesday, the secretary toured the based with Sen. Steve Daines. In an interview with The Electric, Daines said he and the secretary met with the base

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Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy for fourth consecutive win

The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been named the the Blanchard Trophy winner for the fourth consecutive time in Global Strike Challenge 2021. Global Strike Challenge 21 included about 450 competitors throughout nine wings. Malmstrom brings home Blanchard Trophy again this year, plus 10 other awards in Global Strike Challenge [2019] “It is the world’s premier

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GBSD project hits another milestone

Northrop Grumman Corporation, the contractor for the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, said this week that it successfully performed the first insulation and case wind of the missile’s first-stage solid rocket motor. “Northrop Grumman performed the insulation wind around a plaster tooling mandrel. The insulation protects the outer casing of the motor from extreme temperatures caused by burning propellant

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Malmstrom facility wins Air Force design award

The recently completed tactical response force alert facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base is among the 2021 Air Force Design Award winners. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently announced the winners, recognizing 10 standout building projects in design and efficiency. New tactical response/helicopter operations facility at Malmstrom nearly complete “Delivering lethality and readiness requires modern and sustainable facilities and

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Cotton confirmed for AFGSC command, 4th star

The U.S. Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton for command of Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He’ll also pin on his fourth star. He is currently the deputy commander at AFGSC and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base from 2009-2011 when he was vice commander and commander. Former Montana military commanders selected for

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Air Force awards $306 million contract to Northrop Grumman to continue support work on Minuteman III ICBM

The Air Force has awarded a $306 million five-year contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation to continue its work as the Minuteman III ground subsystems support contractor. The competitive award has a potential ceiling of $3.86 billion over 18 years, according to a Northrop release. Tester visits Malmstrom, talks helicopters, C-130s, GBSD Northrop has been the prime contractor on the system

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Air Force to begin field surveys for GBSD project July 12

As part of planning for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent project, the Air Force will be conducting cultural resources, biological resources, and wetland surveys from July 12 through Oct. 22, of proposed project areas that extend through parcels owned by private landowners, as well as parcels administered by federal and state agencies. GBSD is the replacement for the Minuteman III

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Air Force releases final environmental assessment for GBSD test program

The Department of the Air Force has released the Final Environmental Assessment for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Test Program and the program’s Finding of No Significant Impact. The analysis can be found at gbsdtesteaoea.govsupport.us The GBSD program would modernize the 1970s land-based intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III system. Tester visits Malmstrom, talks helicopters, C-130s, GBSD “The Air Force plans

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Tester visits Malmstrom, talks helicopters, C-130s, GBSD

Sen. Jon Tester visited Malmstrom Air Force Base on May 21 with Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Brown and Air Force Global Strike Command Commander Gen. Timothy Ray. Tester has visited the base numerous times and is currently chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. During the visit, he said officials updated him on the

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ICBM test launch aborted

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., experienced a ground abort prior to launch on May 5. The Air Force conducts missile launch tests several times annually and this was the first unsuccessful launch since 2018. The Air Force conducted a successful test launch in February. “The cause of the ground abort

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