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Northrop Grumman Supports GMD System Test

Northrop Grumman provides solutions for every step of the kill chain ~ the recent MDA test demonstrates reliability and performance of the GMD systems [© Northrop Grumman]

Northrop Grumman supported the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.

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Press Release, Chandler AR, 11 December 2023: Northrop Grumman Corporation supported Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The FTG-12 test used a stage selectable Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) missile system against the company’s own air-launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target vehicle, managed by the GMD Ground System and Fire Control to demonstrate enhanced capabilities for the warfighter.

  • During the test, the GMD Ground System processed data from multiple sensors to identify and characterise the inbound IRBM threat, devised a defensive solution and launched the intercepting GMD GBI to negate the threat.
  • This test validated Northrop Grumman’s enhanced capabilities, increasing the performance of the GMD system against the evolving threat.
  • The GMD system is currently deployed in multiple locations and is the first and only operational missile defence system to defend the U.S. against intermediate and long-range ballistic missile attacks.

Scott Lehr, vice president of launch and missile defence systems, Northrop Grumman: “As the threat landscape advances, it’s critical to ensure our homeland defence systems are tested and proven in the event of an attack. This successful test demonstrates we are ready and have confidence in the MDA’s end-to-end missile defence solutions that are deployed today.”

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