Fly smart with gel propulsion.
Combining the best features of solid- and liquid-fueled rocket engines, Northrop Grumman's versatile gel propellant system provides the on-demand thrust needed for smart flight. Its energy management capabilities improve targeting, allow rapid maneuverability and extend missile range. This flexibility allows one missile system to perform multiple missions, reducing overall operation and support costs. Northrop Grumman's gelled propulsion system was developed and successfully flight-tested on the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Future Missile Technology Integration (FMTI) Program.
Northrop Grumman's patented face-shutoff engine enables gel propulsion system operation. Gel propellants exhibit the consistency of thick mayonnaise, but will liquefy and combust when pressurized. These semi-solid propellants do not leak, detonate or explode under adverse conditions. Gel propellants are safe and environmentally sound and can be disposed of at 1/10th the cost of solid propellants.