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Northrop Grumman, Raytheon join forces for Next Generation Interceptor contract

SM-3 Block IIA test
Illustration: US Missile Defense Agency file photo of an SM-3 Block IIA Interceptor test in 2018

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies have teamed up in a bid to secure the US Missile Defense Agency’s contract for the development of the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI).

The NGI will support the warfighter and MDA’s efforts to rapidly deploy a system that complements and strengthens the existing US ballistic missile defense architecture.

The announcement comes after the Missile Defense Agency released a request for proposals for the program on April 24. The agency expects to award two contracts for simultaneous development of the NGI after the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program was canceled in August 2019.

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of the recently-formed Raytheon Technologies, currently provide the interceptor booster, kill vehicle, ground systems, fire control and engagement coordination for the country’s ground-based midcourse defense system. Together, the two companies have conducted over 40 successful exoatmospheric intercepts.

“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.”