The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $135 million, 14-year contract to remanufacture the Air-Launch Cruise Missile’s inertial navigation element, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.
Northrop will disassemble, inspect, clean, reassemble and test the device to return it to new condition. The program is part of the Air Force’s effort to extend the service life of the aging nuclear weapon through 2030.
According to the service’s latest budget documents, up to 24 INE kits per year will be delivered to the depot for installation.
The Air Force is replacing ALCM with the Long-Range Standoff Weapon.