Air Force begins search for contractor to dismantle Minuteman III system

By Sara Sirota / April 14, 2021 at 3:21 PM

The Air Force has begun market research to identify potential sources that can dismantle, dispose of, and demilitarize the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system.

According to a sources-sought notice released today, the Air Force is looking for contractors that can destroy all Minuteman III-related operational ground equipment and aerospace vehicle equipment, which are currently deployed near Warren Air Force Base, WY, Minot AFB, ND, and Malmstrom AFB, MT. The disposal will also include relevant training sites and depots.

Responses to the sources-sought notice, due May 14, will help the Air Force determine if it can award a contract competitively or to a small business. The notice did not indicate when the service anticipates releasing a request for proposals.

The Air Force is currently in the process of developing the Minuteman III system's replacement, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, which is slated to begin fielding in 2029.