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Northrop Grumman opens missile defence lab

Missile Defense Futures Lab

The prime has set up a new facility aimed at accelerating the development of precision missile technology.

The prime has set up a new facility aimed at accelerating the development of precision missile technology.

Northrop Grumman has officially opened its new Missile Defense Futures Lab (MDFL) in Huntsville, Alabama, which will house the development, testing and fielding of an integrated missile defence system.


The lab incorporates modelling, simulation and visualisation capabilities, built to support innovation and collaboration between developers and warfighters.

MDFL’s custom-built servers are expected to enable the processing and relaying of data from missile detecting satellites and ground stations, providing engineers with research, modelling and simulation and the ability to develop tracking software to respond to nuclear and other threats.

Based in Huntsville, MDFL includes distributed facilities in Boulder, Colorado; Chandler, Arizona; Colorado Springs, Colorado; McLean, Virginia; Morrisville, North Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland.

“Partnering with our customers, Northrop Grumman is leading the way as the defence industry undergoes digital transformation,” Lisa Brown, vice president of missile defence solutions at Northrop Grumman, said.

“With speed and agility we can securely meet with teams across the country, start designing a product, share it with the customer and receive feedback in real-time, reducing the length of our product roadmap dramatically.”


The opening of the new facility comes just weeks after Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace completed the Critical Design Review for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous mission payload.

The work aims to support aggressive US Space Force and Lockheed Martin program objectives to ensure national security posture is equipped to manage emerging global threats by enhancing the missile warning system.

The Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace team will now manufacture, integrate and test the flight mission payload, scheduled for delivery to Lockheed Martin in 2023.

[Related; Northrop Grumman integrates L3Harris tech into gateway system]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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