Executing The NGI Mission: Protecting Our Homeland

Photo: Courtesy of Northrop Grumman

Protecting our Nation from an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile attack from a rogue Nation is a complex task involving radars, space sensors, interceptors and a robust command and control system that must work as one. Our nation’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program is one of the most critical systems serving to protect everyone in the United States, every second of every day.

While this current Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program continues to defend the country against existing threats, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has requested proposals for a Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) – a more capable Interceptor, able to respond to advanced and ever-evolving missile threats at a moment’s notice to add to the existing Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Weapon System.

“The current and future missions of protecting the homeland are challenging, in fact there is no other capability like this deployed in the world,” said Terry Feehan, vice present and NGI Program Director, Northrop Grumman. “We knew that a premier team with extensive experience would be required to provide an advanced solution that our Nation needs. We have assembled that team.”

Northrop Grumman submitted a prime-bid, strategically partnering with Raytheon Technologies, and is focused on affordability, transparency, rapid development, lean-manufacturing and a low-risk accelerated schedule. The team’s comprehensive solution is based on decades of experience to meet MDA’s operational deployment goal of 2028.

Photo: Courtesy of Northrop Grumman

“As current system providers for the U.S. defense shield, we have conducted 47 exoatmospheric intercepts, the most difficult type of intercept,” said Melissa Morrison-Ellis, from Raytheon Technologies, NGI deputy program director. “This team understands the complexity and the criticality of the missile defense system and are committed to providing the Missile Defense Agency with the best value solution for NGI.”

The Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies team combines flight-proven missile defense experience in ground systems, battle management, fire control, command and control, interceptor boost vehicles, and kill vehicles with innovative technologies and facilities. Through this bid Northrop Grumman also leverages its decades of experience as a prime contractor for major defense programs.

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are also co-locating its NGI program team in Huntsville, Alabama where the Missile Defense Agency is located.

“We are co-locating in Huntsville to more effectively recruit top talent and continue supporting the Huntsville community, all while providing more opportunities for customer engagement,” said Feehan.

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have decades of experience in Huntsville and employ thousands in the area supporting the MDA, NASA and Army programs at Redstone Arsenal.

The NGI team is steadily recruiting in Huntsville and recently held a Leadership Forum and Job Fair with more than 300 candidates attending virtually. For more information visit northropgrumman.com/space/next-generation-interceptor.

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