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Next-Generation Interceptor Team Completes Systems Requirements Review

Programme Now Moves On to Initial System Design

The Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI) team (Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies) has completed its System Requirements Review (SRR) and is proceeding with initial system design, further risk reduction testing, and critical component qualification activities, the companies announced on 20 December.

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) approved the SRR, which was completed ahead of schedule, and is the first major technical review for the NGI homeland defence interceptor programme. This achievement comes after the team demonstrated its NGI Common Software Factory, which enables rapid development, integration and delivery in a DevSecOps environment.

We’re leveraging our two decades of performance on the current Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI),” said Scott Lehr, VP/GM Launch and Missile Defense Systems at Northrop Grumman. “With our combined workforce, extensive expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, we will deliver a highly capable new interceptor that will protect our nation against long-range missile threats for decades to come.”

The team is leveraging high-fidelity model-based systems engineering, and hardware manufacturing in customer-certified facilities. The team is also conducting internally-funded risk reduction hardware development and testing to ensure deployment of NGI in the rapid timeline the nation requires.

Raytheon is the nation’s provider of kill vehicle payloads that maneuver in space to destroy missile threats, with 47 successful exo-atmospheric intercepts achieved to date,” commented Tay Fitzgerald, VP of Strategic Missile Defense, Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “Our digital system design approach gives us high confidence in our solution going into the preliminary design review.”

The Northrop Grumman-led NGI team brings flight-proven missile defence experience to the NGI programme, covering: ground systems, battle management, C2, interceptor boost vehicles, kill vehicles, agile processes and certified manufacturing capabilities. The team is committed to delivering a highly capable, affordable and low-risk NGI solution that meets the customer’s schedule and mission requirements.

 

The NGI team has achieved a major milestone in the MDA’s NGI programme. (Image via Northrop Grumman)

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12/20/2021

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