Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are one step closer to receiving the contract for the next phase of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

The two defense giants, partners in the contract, have received the final request for proposal from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for the next phase of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Contract.

The RFP includes work at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, as well as sites in Huntsville, Ala.; Fort Greeley, Alaska; Eareckson Air Station, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Lockheed partners with Raytheon for the contract, which will continue maintenance on the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. The submission date for the RFP is Jan. 28.

Raytheon will provide its GMD Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, as well as systems engineering, development, modeling and simulation; operations and sustainment; manufacturing, testing and training.

Additional support includes companies like Bluespring Software, Mission Solutions Engineering and Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions.

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Other contract partners are: Alaska Aerospace Corp., ARES Corp., ATK Aerospace Systems, Bechtel National, CohesionForce, Dynetics, Harris, Imprimis, IroquoiSystems, NANA Develop Corp, Northrop Grumman, Orbital Sciences Corp. Quadrus Corp., QuantiTech and TDX Power.

The partners have development systems that have achieved more than 50 intercepts in combat and testing, more than any other group working on ground-based missile defense.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44 billion.