Future ICBM: Industry Predicts ‘Low Risk’ Development

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July 27, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: July 27 on

The nation”s top defense contractors are drafting bids in anticipation of an Air Force request for proposals to develop the next generation of nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles.

Based on preliminary guidance given to potential bidders, industry officials said, the Air Force is avoiding the pitfalls of past development programs and has written the requirements for the new missiles with the intent to avoid technological show stoppers.