Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles have announced a partnership to pursue a US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) project. The NGI project, announced in early 2019, looks to overhaul the ageing anti-ICBM defensive network relied on in the US.
According to Blake Larson, corporate vice president and president Northrop Grumman Space Systems, this strategic partnership will offer the MDA an interceptor solution that will support the warfighter and MDA’s efforts to rapidly deploy a system that complements and strengthens the existing Ballistic Missile Defense architecture.
“We have the right team, technology and expertise in place to meet our customer’s needs for enhanced capabilities, from the identification of a ballistic missile launched by an adversary, all the way to its elimination,” said Larson.
“Together, we will offer MDA an effective and affordable solution for defending our nation from these emerging threats.”
Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense currently provide the interceptor booster, kill vehicle, ground systems, fire control and engagement co-ordination for the country’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system. Together, the two companies have conducted over 40 successful exoatmospheric intercepts.
“The joining of true experts — with mastery from threat detection to interception — creates a team capable of developing a revolutionary solution that is designed to defeat emerging threats,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense.
The incumbent Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system is based in Alaska and California, and relies on a broad range of land, sea, air and space sensors to detect and track targets.
The NGI request for proposals was released on 24 April 2020 in response to more sophisticated nuclear threats from rogue states. Prime contractors have 90 days (beginning 1 May) to outline proposals.