Home About Archives RSS Feed

Pittsfield Workers To Upgrade Nuclear Missiles

Andy McKeever

 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Guidance systems for nuclear missiles deployed on new and old Navy submarines will come from the hands of local workers.

Nearly 300 employees of local defense contractors received  job security with a $494 million government contract released in December to modernize the country's Trident II missiles' guidance systems.
 
"Work on the MK 6 guidance system operations contract is performed in Pittsfield by 244 General Dynamic employees, 32 Raytheon Company employees and eight Draper Laboratory employees. This award is a continuation of our existing work and will sustain current employment levels over the next three years," said Kathleen Granchelli, direct of media relations and communications at Draper, in an e-mail. That information was provided by General Dynamics, she said.
 
The Department of Defense announced the contract last month to Cambridge-based Draper Laboratories to build guidance systems for the missiles deployed on Ohio-class submarines. Local employees at General Dynamics, Raytheon and Draper will be responsible for 11 percent of the project.
 
The system is an inertial guidance that sends steering commands to the missile during launch. Pittsfield's contingent will be providing technical engineering. 
 
"Draper and its subcontractors' current efforts are to the ensure that the MK 6 can reliably operate its critical function through the year 2042. This includes replacing 1980s electronics with new technology," Granchelli said. 
 
The system is for Trident II missiles that were developed in the late 1980s with a long-range and highly precise guidance system that allows for first-strike capability. The missile is considered one of the most important part of the country's nuclear arsenal.
 
The $494 million is a base contract with unexercised options that can be funded annually. 
 
Draper is a nonprofit organization that provides research and development for multiple government agencies including NASA, the Air Force and the Navy. The laboratory has a satellite location on Merrill Road.
Tags: Pittsfield, defense      
News Headlines
Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
Canning-Wilson Runs For Senate on Platform of Reducing Taxes, Fraud
Miss Hall's Cuts Ribbon On Campus Expansion
Second Congregational Church Installs Interim Minister
Local Physicians to be Honored at LitNet Gala
SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box
Fall Foliage Festivities Culminate in Sunday Parade
Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Names Compliance Officer
Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New President
Williams Professor 2017 Recipient of Richtmyer Lecture Award

 


Bill Schmick separates the bull from the bears in his weekly columns on investing and market wrap-ups.



Categories:
advertising (10)
agriculture (1)
arts (7)
automotive (5)
awards (16)
banking (41)
Beacon (1)
broadband (1)
business (52)
chamber (25)
closing (5)
development (23)
dining (5)
domestic animals (2)
energy (6)
entertainment (2)
federal (4)
finances (5)
food (5)
fundraiser (3)
green (2)
grocery (5)
hospitality/hotel (5)
housing (0)
insurance (3)
investment (6)
jobs (35)
labor (17)
laws (4)
Legislature (3)
manufacturing (9)
media (8)
medical (4)
networking (33)
new (22)
pricing (1)
projects (2)
promotion (6)
publishing (13)
radio (2)
real estate (8)
retail (29)
technology (13)
training (5)
transportation (1)
volunteer (1)
website (2)
wholesale (7)
workshops (6)
Archives:
Tags:
Great Barrington State Gas Prices Expansion Statistics Crane & Co. Social Media Pittsfield Talkberkshires Berkshire Creative Jobs Adams Sales Tax Williamstown Store Opening Berkshire Living Flood Sabic Small Business Qualprint Walmart Berkshire Enterprises Berkshire Chamber Of Commerce Unemployment Baldwin Excelsior Auction North Adams Statistics Unemployment Wmeco Bj's Merger Breakfast Currency
Popular Entries:
Berkshire Jobless Rates Drop
Bay State Continues to Add Jobs
Excelsior Brings Greeting Card Co. To North Adams
White Hart Inn For Sale for $5M
Williamstown Chamber Seeks Input on Future Role
New Dog Training Center Open in North Adams
Aladco Installs New 'Green' Washing Machine
Storey Publishing to Host Next Creative Challenge
Covanta's Pittsfield Facility Gets High Marks from OSHA
Adams Co-Op, South Adams Bank Merger Approved
Recent Entries:
Biz Briefs: Mr. Tire, Tax Holiday, Business Directory
Berkshire Eagle Parent Mulling Newspaper Sales
Digitial First Puts Vermont News Buildings on the Market
Berkshire Chamber, Neal Hosting Facebook for Business Workshop
Winstanley Wins Big at Annual ADDY Awards
Eggs & Issues Event Focuses on Rail Cars, Development
State Unemployement Rate Drops Slightly
New Biotech Firm Setting Up in Pittsfield
Crane Museum Opens Retail Store
License Commission Approves River Street Package Move