SACRAMENTO, May 31 (UPI) -- Aerojet of California has been awarded two contracts for the maturation of advanced technologies for the Standard Missile Block IIB Interceptor.
The technologies are intended to provide high-performance, light-weight technology propulsion components that would be used in the missile's upper stage propulsion and for the Kill Vehicle Divert and Attitude Controls.
Aerojet said that under the contracts, the company will identify key propulsion technologies, define and conceptualize propulsion components and conduct limited testing to provide characterization data.
"Aerojet is excited to develop these technologies and provide affordable, high-performance propulsion to the Missile Defense Agency," said Peter Massey, Aerojet's executive director of business development.
The technologies for the upper stage and divert and attitude control system propulsion elements are part of the Early Intercept Defense Phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
The monetary value of the contracts and additional contract details weren't disclosed.
Aerojet is a GenCorp Inc. company.