August 21, 2017 / 9:27 PM / a year ago

U.S. Air Force advances two in ICBM replacement competition

Aug 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman Corp separate contracts to continue work on the replacement of the aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Though the award comes amid rising tensions with North Korea, the Air Force asked industry last summer for proposals to replace the Minuteman III and the nuclear cruise missile as the military moved ahead with a costly modernization of its aging atomic weapons systems. (Reporting by Mike Stone; Editing by Tom Brown)

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