Bechtel Completes Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Project; Joe Brown Comments

BechtelLogoBechtel has announced the completion of a U.S. Missile Defense Agency project that aims to protects the country from long-range ballistic missile attacks.

The company completed its task orders from the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, including construction of three missile fields at Fort Greely, Alaska, Bechtel said Monday.

Under the contract awarded by Boeing in 1997, Bechtel also designed and built missile test sites at the Vanderberg Air Force Base and on Meck Island in the Marshall Islands, as well as a ground-based interceptor development and integration lab located in Alabama.

Over the years, the company supported various GMD program-related flight tests as well.

“The project locations were in remote areas where temperatures could range from -50F to 95F, ” said Joe Brown, Bechtel GMD project manager.

“In Alaska, for example, the team was able to achieve more than 1.5 million hours with no lost-time incidents.”

Boeing, the prime contractor for the GMD program, won an award with Northrop Grumman earlier this year for the GMD antimissile protection hub expansion.

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