Northrop Grumman Develops Space-Based Hypersonic Missile Defense System

 In GDI, USA, Defense, Space, Threats

Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s largest defense con­trac­tors, announced on Monday that it has been select­ed as one of four Other Transaction Authority awards for the Phase IIa Prototype Payload Design and Signal-chain Processing Demonstration of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) pro­gram.

Hypersonic systems are a game-changer for national security. Hypersonic systems will travel at Mach 5 and potentially even faster.

According to a recent com­pa­ny news release, Northrop Grumman is devel­op­ing a high­ly capa­ble, afford­able, sur­viv­able and exten­si­ble space-based sens­ing solu­tion for hyper­son­ic and bal­lis­tic mis­sile defense. The company’s con­cept advances under the HBTSS Phase IIa pro­gram.

The 12-month HBTSS Phase IIa will demon­strate the pay­load design for a pro­posed satel­lite con­stel­la­tion to detect and track hyper­son­ic and advanced mis­sile threats. Phase IIa retires tech­ni­cal risk through the demon­stra­tion of crit­i­cal tech­nolo­gies required to track advanced weapons like hyper­son­ic mis­siles from space.

Theawardcon­tin­ues Northrop Grumman’s long­stand­ing part­ner­ship with the Missile Defense Agency and broad­er space and mis­sile defense com­mu­ni­ty on solv­ing crit­i­cal nation­al secu­ri­ty chal­lenges. Northrop Grumman will demon­strate its agile and afford­able approach to pro­duc­ing space-based sen­sors in large quan­ti­ties for pro­lif­er­at­ed, glob­al oper­a­tions.

“We are a lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny that has for decades been sup­port­ing the space and mis­sile defense mis­sions of our gov­ern­ment cus­tomers,” said Kenneth Todorov, vice pres­i­dent, Missile Defense Solutions, Northrop Grumman. “HBTSS is an impor­tant under­tak­ing that allows us to see advanced threats like hyper­son­ic mis­siles in ways we haven’t been able to before. If you can see the threats, you can take them out.”

“Through the HBTSS pro­gram, we’re lever­ag­ing our broad base of tal­ent and tech­nol­o­gy to devel­op an afford­able and exten­si­ble solu­tion for this crit­i­cal com­po­nent of our nation’s mis­sile defense sys­tem.”

Northrop Grumman is build­ing Phase IIa upon the con­cepts devel­oped in Phase I. Work will be per­formed at var­i­ous com­pa­ny loca­tions in the United States.

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Source: Defence Blog

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