Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Partner for Next Generation Interceptor Program

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies Corp., are partnering to pursue the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI).

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 Blake Larson, corporate vice president and president Northrop Grumman Space Systems. “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 coordination for the country’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system (GMD). 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.

Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI) Program

The Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI) program replaces the canceled Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program which was terminated by the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering) Dr. Michael Griffin in August 2019 subsequent to the submission of the fiscal year 2020 budget request.

Unlike the RKV program which sought to replace just the kill vehicle (Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV)) of the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missiles, the NGI program will replace the entire GBI interceptor. The GBI interceptor missiles are part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which is designed to defend the U.S. from long-range ballistic missile attacks.

The Missile Defense Agency recently released the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the NGI program.

A U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos/Released)

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