Northrop Grumman Completes Successful Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) Missile Flight Test
Northrop Grumman Completes Successful Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) Missile Flight Test

Northrop Grumman Receives US Air Force Contract for Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) Missile

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a contract, with follow on options, for development of the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) missile. The period of performance for the contract is three months, with three competitive gates for three prime contractors to validate their missile capabilities under a digital acquisition approach that emphasizes agility and innovation. Northrop Grumman has invested to mature and test its missile design, which meets U.S. Air Force requirements for SiAW and other programs. Harnessing in-house digital engineering capabilities, Northrop Grumman is completing preparations to launch its missile this year. To address changing mission requirements, the solution features open architecture interfaces which will bridge current requirements with future upgrades.

During Phase 1 of the SiAW competition, the U.S. Air Force intends to align the SiAW missile system technical capabilities to the Air Combat Command requirements and to the Air Force Weapon Government Reference Architecture. Tasks include the establishment of an integrated digital environment to design, develop, and test the initial increment of the SiAW missile system utilizing a digital engineering methodology and model-based systems engineering best practices. To date, Northrop Grumman has flown and successfully validated its capabilities against relevant, integrated air defense targets. The company will continue to assess its offering through the use of digital engineering and prove its capabilities with more stressing flight test scenarios culminating with a missile launch this year.

“As a missile leader, Northrop Grumman has a proven history of developing and rapidly delivering long range, highly capable and survivable weapons,” said Mary Petryszyn, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. “We continue to advance our offering to stay ahead of threats and help ensure our mission-enabling capability will be technologically mature, tested and affordable.”

The Northrop Grumman solution leverages the Navy’s AARGM-ER, engineering and manufacturing development, low-rate initial production and integration work on the F-35 aircraft. The capabilities demonstrated by Northrop Grumman are relevant and support rapid fielding across multiple missions and platforms. Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 90,000 employees and an annual revenue in excess of $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers. The firm ranks No. 96 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Northrop Grumman is made up of four main business sectors: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems and Space Systems. Prior to Northrop Grumman’s reorganization of its divisions on January 1, 2020, the divisions were: Aerospace Systems, Mission Systems, Technology Services, and Innovation Systems.

The mission computer and sensors of Northrop Grumman’s SiAW solution are shown integrated into a company Bombardier CRJ-700 test aircraft. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)