August 8, 2022

Northrop Grumman is developing a missile defense system that will protect against intercontinental ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract worth more than $3 billion to integrate and manage weapons systems as part of the Midcourse Defense land-based defense system designed to protect the U.S. territory against ICBMs.

Northrop will provide design, development, validation, deployment and technical support for new capabilities for the GMD Weapon System program, the company said in a statement.

According to Scott Lehr, Northrop’s vice president of launch systems and missile defense, the effort will include expanding and modernizing GMD’s capabilities to counter emerging threats.

“GWS is part of Northrop Grumman’s land-based and sea-based missile defense systems, which are provided by our advanced space-based missile attack warning and tracking satellites,” the statement said. “Together, we provide end-to-end capabilities that will protect the United States and its allies.”

The program will use current GMD ground system components, and through “proven digital transformation processes,” Northrop will update and modernize legacy code, add capabilities, and enable the next-generation interceptor when it comes online.

The team of Northrop and Raytheon Technologies is competing with the team of Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne to replace GMD ground interceptors with NGI.

There are 44 GBIs in bunkers buried in the ground at Fort Greeley in Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The system also includes ground control stations, fire detection and control systems, and other supporting infrastructure.

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