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Northrop Grumman Supports Missile Defense Agency’s End-to-End Missile Defense Demonstration

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Northrop Grumman Supports Missile Defense Agency’s End-to-End Missile Defense Demonstration

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Northrop Grumman Supports Missile Defense Agency’s End-to-End Missile Defense Demonstration
Northrop Grumman Supports Missile Defense Agency’s End-to-End Missile Defense Demonstration

Northrop Grumman Corporation supported Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The FTG-12 test used a stage selectable Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missile system against the company’s own air-launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target vehicle, managed by the GMD Ground System and Fire Control to demonstrate enhanced capabilities for the warfighter. During the test, the GMD Ground System processed data from multiple sensors to identify and characterize the inbound IRBM threat, devised a defensive solution and launched the intercepting GMD GBI to negate the threat. This test validated Northrop Grumman’s enhanced capabilities, increasing the performance of the GMD system against the evolving threat.

Scott Lehr, vice president of launch and missile defense systems, Northrop Grumman: “As the threat landscape advances, it’s critical to ensure our homeland defense systems are tested and proven in the event of an attack. This successful test demonstrates we are ready and have confidence in the MDA’s end-to-end missile defense solutions that are deployed today.”

The GMD system is currently deployed in multiple locations and is the first and only operational missile defense system to defend the U.S. against intermediate and long-range ballistic missile attacks. Northrop Grumman serves as a strategic partner to The Boeing Company for the GMD development and sustainment contract, providing development, integration, operations and sustainment of the ground systems as well as the interceptor boost vehicle. Built on over 60 years of mission-proven missile defense experience, Northrop Grumman provides full scope missile defense capabilities to include missile interceptors and test targets, coupled with secure communications, missile warning, and advanced space domain awareness.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. Since 2011, Northrop Grumman’s headquarters are in West Falls Church, Virginia (previously Jefferson), unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia. With 95,000 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.?101 on the 2022 Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.As of the end of 2022, Northrop Grumman organized its business around four main sectors, each of which comprises two or more business areas: Aeronautics Systems, Defense Systems, Mission Systems and Space Systems.

Northrop Grumman Supports Missile Defense Agency’s End-to-End Missile Defense Demonstration
Northrop Grumman provides solutions for every step of the kill chain. The recent MDA test demonstrates reliability and performance of the GMD systems. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

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