United Launch AllianceÂ has received an $860.8 million contract modification to helpÂ theÂ U.S. Air Force carry outÂ Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions in fiscal year 2017.
TheÂ Boeing (NYSE: BA) andÂ Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) joint venture will continue to provideÂ Delta IV and Atlas V rockets as well as perform systems engineering, integration, Â launch infrastructureÂ sustainment and base and range operations support under the EELV program, the Defense Department said Friday.
The AFÂ Space and Missile Systems Center obligated $94.7 millionÂ at the time of award of the modification from the military branch’s fiscal 2015 missile procurement funds and fiscal 2016 space procurement funds.
ULA has alsoÂ supportedÂ the Air Force’s efforts to send national security payloads into space with the launch service provider’s Atlas and Delta EELVs during FYÂ 2016 under a separateÂ $882 million contract modificationÂ awarded Sept. 30 last year.
Last week, ULA and SMC entered intoÂ a cooperative research-and-development agreementÂ to implementÂ non-recurring design validation activitiesÂ onÂ the Vulcan Centaur rocket technology to supportÂ theÂ former’s effort to obtain national security launch certification for theÂ Vulcan system.