Propulsion Systems

Propulsion Systems  

​Northrop Grumman provides reliable and flight-proven solid rocket motors for both Northrop Grumman vehicles and for other providers in defense and commercial markets. For defense programs, the company produces propulsion systems for the company-built Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor, as well as for the Trident II D-5 and Minuteman III strategic missiles.

Northrop Grumman is providing the five segment boosters for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the main launch-abort motor and the attitude control motor for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Northrop Grumman propulsion systems are employed in the company's Pegasus®, Antares™ and Minotaur rockets as well as in other vehicles such as the strap-on Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM) boosters for the Delta II and Delta IV launch vehicles.


Civil and Commercial Propulsion Systems

Commercial Propulsion Systems


Northrop Grumman is providing the five segment boosters for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and the main launch-abort motor for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Northrop Grumman propulsion systems are employed in the company's Pegasus, Antares and Minotaur rockets as well as in other vehicles such as the strap-on Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM) boosters for the Delta II and Delta IV launch vehicles.


Strategic Propulsion Systems

Strategic Propulsion Systems


Northrop Grumman has provided strategic-grade motors to the U.S. military for six decades with a history of sustained success. The company has produced solid propulsion systems for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor, as well as for the Trident II D-5 and Minuteman III strategic missiles. Northrop Grumman has 100 percent propulsion success on strategic production motors.


Specialty Products

Specialty Products


Northrop Grumman Specialty Products leverage rocket technology to provide the Department of Defense with vital tools our warfighters need. These products include illuminating flares, aircraft countermeasures, and small warheads. These tools help our troops have the ability to see at night, avoid threats, and reduce collateral damage.


Test and Research Services

Test Research


Northrop Grumman Test and Research Services specializes in custom testing of inert and energetic materials and components ranging from ammunition and hand grenades to the largest solid rocket motors in the world. The company's cost structure can support small, commercial tests, large complex government contracts, and everything in-between.


Facility Management and Operation

Facility Management and Operation


Northrop Grumman operates explosives manufacturing facilities with chemical processes and an industrial setting closely aligned to those at the Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. They have demonstrated a world-class safety and quality operating culture in extremely high-hazard environments through effective application of proven management processes and an engaged workforce.