The Pentagon has set up a $ 1.6 billion head-to-head competition between two teams to supply the next US ballistic missile interceptor, and one of those teams announced today that it will base its headquartered in Huntsville, Ala.
Ballistic missiles are short, medium and long range weapons propelled by rockets. They can deliver nuclear or conventional weapons or be deployed to intercept other incoming weapons.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), which is also headquartered in Huntsville, announced today that it has awarded Northrop Grumman and its partner Raytheon a contract for the rapid development and flight testing of a interceptor that could stop long-range ballistic missile threats.
The other competing team will be led by Lockheed Martin. A competing team led by Boeing with the participation of Aerojet Rocketdyne was not awarded.
The Northrop-Raytheon team said today it will be headquartered in Huntsville with operations in Arizona, Utah and “across the country.”
“The Northrop Grumman / Raytheon Technologies NGI program office will be based in Huntsville, Alabama,” said Terry Feehan, vice president and program director for Northrop Grumman. “Huntsville is the nation’s homeland for missile defense, hosting not only the preponderance of the MDA, but also each of the interception service providers. This community knows the mission criticality – defending our nation and its deployed forces, and this support helps attract and retain the critical expertise needed. This is, absolutely, the right place for our new home.
“There is no other capability like the one deployed in the world today,” said Melissa Morrison-Ellis, associate program director for the Northrop Team Program. “We have brought together the best minds in the industry to quickly deliver a solution to the Missile Defense Agency essential for the future of homeland defense.”
Both teams’ designs will be completed through technological development before a final winner is selected. The goal is an interceptor capable of defending America “into the 2030s and beyond,” MDA Director and Vice Admiral Jon Hill said.
“We are honored to have been selected by MDA as prime contractor to develop the NGI system to protect our nation against advanced missile attacks,” said Scott Lehr, vice president of Northrop Grumman. “There is a critical timeframe for the commissioning of this capability and our team brings together the best talent in the industry in missile defense, agile design and manufacturing practices, and state-of-the-art operational factories. to support the MDA and our country’s defense against these ever-evolving threats. . “