Lockheed Martin Corp. said Oct. 6 it has received a $106 million contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop the next-generation of equipment that will be used to support testing and maintenance of all re-entry systems for the U.S. Air Force’s arsenal of Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles.

The Reentry Field Support Equipment that Lockheed Martin will design and build under the 58-month contract awarded in July will replace the aging Minuteman 3 Reentry System Test Set, which the Bethesda, Md.-based company also built.

Lockheed Martin will design, develop, test and deliver to sets of the Reentry Field Support Equipment. Production of an additional 10 sets for deployment to all operational Air Force Minuteman 3 wings will be performed under a follow-on contract, according to Lockheed Martin’s press release announcing the new work.