Ground-based Midcourse Defense Fire Control and Communications (GMD FCC)

Ground-based Midcourse Defense Fire Control and Communications (GMD FCC) 

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is integral to the Ballistic Missile Defense System and the first and only operationally deployed capability for defending homeland territories against long-range ballistic missile attacks.

The system accepts data from multiple space, maritime and ground sensors to fully identify the threat, plans the best defensive solution, launches the interceptor to engage the threat object, and intercepts and destroys the inbound threat through force of hit-to-kill technology.


GMD Communications Network 

For system tests, Northrop Grumman leads the ground test team, supports flight tests and manages silo refurbishments, as well as manages the upgrades and modifications for flight test boosters. Northrop Grumman also leads the GMD reliability growth program including stockpile reliability and service life extension programs. Northrop Grumman’s GMD ground systems development activities cover a wide range of products including: GMD Fire Control (GFC), Command Launch Equipment (CLE), Launch Support Systems (LSS), GMD Communications Network (GCN), and the In-Flight Interceptor Communications System (IFICS) Data Terminal (IDT).