The U.S. Navy has completed the flight tests for Lockheed Martin-developed ballistic missiles as part of a naval operation to confirm the deployment readiness of an overhauled submarine.
Two unarmed Trident II D5 Fleet ballistic missiles were launched from an Ohio-class submarine in the Pacific Ocean during the demonstration on Nov. 7 and 9, Lockheed said Tuesday.
“This reliability record is a testament to the unwavering dedication to the deterrence mission by the Navy program office, the submarine crews and the industry team,” said Mat Joyce, vice president of fleet ballistic missile programs and deputy for strategic and missile defense systems at Lockheed’s space systems segment.
Lockheed produced the range safety devices and flight telemetry instrumentation used to configure the missiles for the flight tests.
The company will work to integrate updated electronics technology into the D5 missile design on existing and future submarine platforms to extend the missile's service life.