The U.S. Air Force granted a $476.9 million contract to Superior Forge and Steel Corp. of Lima, Ohio, and a $419.6 million contract to Finkl Steel of Chicago, Ill., to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Both contracts are indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity agreements for guaranteed production of 300 warhead casings during the first year and up to 3,500 additional units during the next four years. For Superior Forge and Steel, work will be performed in Lima and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Falconer, N.Y. For Finkl Steel, work will be performed in Chicago; Corry, Pa.; and Burr Ridge, Ill. The work for both companies is expected to be completed by May 3, 2020.
For fiscal 2018, $16.7 million in guaranteed production has been allocated to Superior Forge and Steel and $15 million has been allocated to Finkl Steel.
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