HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has entered the concept and program planning phase competition for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Next-Generation Aegis interceptor missile.
The concept and planning phase is to begin next year. The system is planned for fielding in 2020.
The new interceptor will be designed to provide early intercept capability against some short-range ballistic missiles, all medium-range ballistic missiles, all intermediate-range ballistic missiles and non-advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles.
"This opportunity extends Northrop Grumman's long partnership with MDA to enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System with an earlier intercept capability that helps achieve a layered missile defense," said Duke Dufresne, sector vice president and general manager, Strike and Surveillance Systems Division for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
"We will apply our team's complete set of tools, techniques, trade studies, lessons learned and investments to help MDA achieve its vision for the phased adaptive approach to missile defense.
"We also bring to bear our corporate expertise and capability in Aegis shipbuilding and naval systems to ensure a smooth land-to-sea transition. Our approach emphasizes an objective analysis of NGAM's mission needs with emphasis on affordability, quality, producibility and risk reduction to define a sweet-spot solution," he said.