The companies are set to jointly deliver a digital ecosystem to support the US’ missile defence capability after securing accreditation.
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has approved the Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) team’s common software factory solution and its associated digital infrastructure.
The accreditation, which followed a series of tests, is set to enable the integration and acceleration of the NGI software design and development.
The capability is billed as a single, agile, secure and efficient development environment, designed to enable the MDA to review and collaborate on code development and release.
“By leveraging our company’s digital transformation expertise, we successfully developed, tested, demonstrated and received customer approval for our NGI software factory in record time,” Lisa Brown, vice-president, NGI program, at Northrop Grumman said.
“This technology enables transparent collaboration between our teams and the MDA during NGI software development, which greatly reduces risk to schedule.”
The NGI common software factory is equipped with a set of tools, process workflows, scripts and environments built to deliver software deployable artifacts with minimal human intervention.
“We are rapidly maturing our preliminary design in a model-based environment,” Melissa Morrison-Ellis, deputy program director of Next Generation Interceptor at Raytheon Missiles and Defense said.
“This digital ecosystem accelerates the software development timeline, ensuring that warfighters are equipped with defensive interceptors that protect the US from the threat of a rogue missile strike.”
This announcement comes a week after Northrop Grumman secured a US$153 million ($214.5 million) contract for full-rate production (FRP) of lots 10 and 11 of the AGM-88E2 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).
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The contract includes the production of missiles for the US Navy and German Air Force.
Northrop Grumman has, thus far, produced over 1,500 AARGM missiles for the international cooperative acquisition program with the US Navy and the Italian Air Force.
The missile is designed to provide a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system that enhances legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with next-generation capability.
The technology, used for the suppression and destruction of enemy air defence systems, is tipped to deliver a combination of precision, survivability and lethality, supporting the rapid engagement of land- and sea-based air-defence threats, while also striking time-sensitive targets.