Northrop Grumman Enhances Hypersonic and Ballistic Missile Space Sensor Program

 In Australia, C4ISR, Defense, Sea, Cyber/ICT, Space, Threats

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.

The award con­tin­ues Northrop Grumman’s long­stand­ing part­ner­ship with the MDA and broad­er space and mis­sile defence 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.

Kenneth Todorov, vice pres­i­dent, mis­sile defense solu­tions, Northrop Grumman, wel­comed the announce­ment, say­ing, “We are a lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny that has for decades been sup­port­ing the space and mis­sile defence mis­sions of our gov­ern­ment cus­tomers. 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.”

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

Todorov added, “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 defence sys­tem.”

HBTSS builds on the long-stand­ing suc­cess of Northrop Grumman’s Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) satel­lites built for the US MDA. 

STSS has demon­strat­ed a capac­i­ty to track bal­lis­tic mis­siles through all phas­es of flight and in 2013 demon­strat­ed the ‘launch on remote’ capa­bil­i­ty, which sig­nif­i­cant­ly expands the defend­ed area of a US Navy Aegis cruis­er.

Bob Mehltretter, vice pres­i­dent, mil­i­tary and civ­il space, Northrop Grumman, explained the impor­tance of such capa­bil­i­ties: “STSS proved that space-based assets could sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve our nation’s mis­sile defence capa­bil­i­ty and paved the way for future sys­tems. Being able to track mis­siles from low-Earth orbit allows threats to be engaged ear­li­er in the process using exist­ing inter­cep­tors.

Northrop Grumman’s end-to-end, mul­ti-domain approach to hyper­son­ic and bal­lis­tic mis­sile defence spans tech­nolo­gies in mul­ti­ple warfight­ing domains from sea to space, as well as the elec­tro­mag­net­ic and cyber envi­ron­ments.

Northrop Grumman is a glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts and solu­tions in autonomous sys­tems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logis­tics and mod­erni­sa­tion to cus­tomers world­wide.

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Source: Defence Industry News

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