Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to Compete for Next-Generation Interceptor

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in a competitive downselect phase, selected Lockheed Martin and partner Aerojet Rocketdyne and a Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense team to develop and flight-test a Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI).  A competing offer from a third team led by Boeing was not selected to move forward.

The NGI program is an element of the MDA’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system,  which is the primary U.S. missile defense system used to defend the country from long-range ballistic missile attacks.

Northrop Grumman’s contract was valued at $3.9 billion (base: $2.6 billion; options: $1.3 billion).  Lockheed Martin’s award was $3.6 billion (base: $2.4 billion; options: $1.2 billion).

With an estimated maximum value of $1.6 billion through fiscal year 2022, this contract award is structured to carry two designs into the technology development and risk-reduction phase of the acquisition program to reduce technical and schedule risk.  The DoD will uphold “fly before you buy” principles to ensure the overall system and components have been rigorously flight-tested prior to making any procurement decisions.

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A military history enthusiast, Richard began at Forecast International as editor of the World Weapons Weekly newsletter, eventually moving to the company's premier newsletter service, World Aerospace & Defense Intelligence (WADI). Richard is the current editor of the Defense & Aerospace Companies, Volume I (North America) and Volume II (International) services. The two books provide detailed analyses of major aerospace and defense contractors. As a contributor to Aviation Week & Space Technology's 2005 and 2006 Aerospace Source Book, he authored the Prime Contractor & Major Manufacturer profiles. Find out more at www.forecastinternational.com

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