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Northern Utah to be the Home of Lockheed Martin Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program Office


W. Richards Woodbury, Woodbury Corporation Vice Chairman; Jeffery K. Woodbury, Woodbury Corporation vice president of Development and Acquisition; and John Karas, Lockheed Martin vice president and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program manager, sign a lease agreement for Lockheed Martin’s GBSD program office on Oct. 20, 2016.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that its program management office for the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program will be located in the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The company made the announcement here at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development at a lease signing ceremony with Woodbury Corporation, the developer of Falcon Hill.

The lease agreement is for 25,000 square feet of office space and technology development capability in a new, 75,000-square-foot facility. Lockheed Martin’s office will include high-tech laboratory space to enhance collaboration with local Air Force officials and facilitate Air Force ownership and access to the GBSD technical baseline.

GBSD is a competition to replace the Air Force’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system with a modern and capable integrated weapon system.

“Our GBSD program management team will work and live in Utah because the Hill Air Force Base community matters to the ICBM mission,” said John Karas, Lockheed Martin vice president and GBSD program manager. “We look forward to moving into this state-of-the art facility and building partnerships across the state to deliver a capable, low-risk GBSD solution that meets all mission requirements.”

Lockheed Martin employees in Utah currently work on Minuteman III sustainment programs and aircraft like the F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor in the Hill Air Force Base area.

The company participated in the first Rural Utah Aerospace Tour earlier this month. The goal of the event, sponsored by the Aerospace States Association Utah Chapter and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, was to learn about the capabilities of local businesses and potential supplier opportunities. The group also visited local schools during the tour to share information about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lockheed Martin submitted a proposal to the Air Force for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase of GBSD on Oct. 11. Lockheed Martin expects to occupy the building beginning August 2017.

Lockheed Martin’s qualified GBSD industry team includes:

  • General Dynamics for weapon system command and control;
  • Draper Laboratories for guidance, navigation and control;
  • Moog for thrust vector control systems;
  • Bechtel for launch facility expertise;
  • Orbital ATK for propulsion subsystems; and
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne for propulsion subsystems.

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