Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced they had been awarded a contract by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the Next Generation Inceptor (NGI) program. The contract is for the rapid development and flight test of an interceptor designed to defend the nation against the most complex long-ranged threats. Northrop Grumman has strategically teamed with Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX), to bring together the vast experience of the two companies on one team, to deliver an effective solution for MDA on an accelerated schedule.
“We are very excited that Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected by the MDA as the prime contractor to develop the NGI system, and will bring additional jobs to Chandler’s Price Corridor,” stated Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Northrop Grumman as their highly skilled workforce here in Chandler continues to defend the United States of America.”
The NGI program is an element of the MDA’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) which is the primary U.S. missile defense system used to defend the country from long-range ballistic missile attacks. Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense currently provide interceptor booster, kill vehicle, ground systems, fire control and engagement coordination for the country’s GMD system.
“Supporting the Missile Defense Agency in protecting our homeland is something we’ve been doing in Arizona for nearly 20 years on the Ground Based Interceptor program” said Rich Straka, vice president Northrop Grumman launch vehicles. “We are proud to continue serving our nation as we build the Next Generation Interceptor, bringing many new jobs, as well as career growth opportunities for our current employees and ensuring Arizona remains a vital contributor to our nation’s defense.”