Northrop Grumman awarded $3.3 billion Missile Defense Agency contract

The contract is for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Weapon System

A long-range ground-based interceptor, part of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Weapon Systems, is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in 2021. Photo courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency.

Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a maximum amount contract of $3.3 billion by the Missile Defense Agency for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Weapon System program. The GWS program defends the U.S. against intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attacks.

Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, Northrop Grumman will design, develop, verify, deploy and sustain support of the new capabilities for GWS.

“As the GWS prime contractor, we will continue to work closely with MDA to optimize and develop modern missile defense systems to defend against evolving threats and provide advanced capabilities for the warfighter,” said Scott Lehr, vice president and general manager, launch and missile defense systems, Northrop Grumman.

The GWS will transform the current ground system component of the Ground-based Missile Defense (GMD) system by utilizing a DevSecOps approach, leveraging proven digital transformation processes to modernize legacy code, warfighter capabilities and incorporate the Next Generation Interceptor fleet into the overall GMD system.

The GWS program team will primarily be located in Huntsville including large and small business partners, says Northrop Grumman in a release. Northrop Grumman has several facilities in the Huntsville area that focus on engineering, information technology and software engineering, as well as research and development.

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