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Boeing secures contract to continue extreme environmental testing for critical defense platforms

written by Newsdesk | April 4, 2024

Boeing secures contract to continue extreme environmental testing for critical defense platforms

Boeing has been awarded a contract worth up to $559 million over five years by the U.S. Air Force to operate, maintain, and perform testing at the Little Mountain Test Facility at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The state-of-the-art site is designed to test the functionality of the nation’s current and future intercontinental ballistic missile force, nuclear modernization programs, and other critical defense and deterrence capabilities in the most extreme environments.

For 50 years, Boeing has operated and maintained the Little Mountain Test Facility and site operations, including radiation effects, electromagnetic effects, shock and vibration, and other environmental testing. Ted Kerzie, acting vice president of Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems, emphasized the importance of rigorously testing and verifying the ability of strategic deterrents and other priority defense and aerospace systems to carry out their missions under any circumstances.

Since 1974, Boeing has conducted test operations and provided technical support on nuclear and non-nuclear platforms at the site for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy. The company continues to enhance capabilities and capacity at the Little Mountain Test Facility in support of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, ensuring that test capabilities and facilities meet sustainment, modernization, and mission requirements.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures, and services commercial airplanes, defense products, and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. The company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability, and community impact, while its diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company’s core values of safety, quality, and integrity.

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