Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)

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ICBM systems

An important part of Northrop Grumman’s history lies in the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program.

An important part of Northrop Grumman’s history lies in the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program. In 1954, the U.S. Air Force hired the company to provide technical expertise in managing the development of the first ICBMs. Northrop Grumman commenced a 44 year legacy as the Air Force's ICBM systems engineering and technical assistance contractor.

In 1997, management of the ICBM program transitioned from that of a group of associate contractors reporting to an Air Force System Program Office, to a team of subcontractors reporting to a single prime integration contractor. The Northrop Grumman team was awarded this multi-billion dollar contract. As the prime contractor, the company and our industry partners were chartered with maintaining readiness of the nation's ICBM weapon system by ensuring the system's total performance. This 18-plus year contract delivered sustaining engineering support and two Acquisition Category I / 13 Acquisition Category III ICBM modernization programs, while always maintaining positive cost and schedule performance.

In 2013, the Air Force began replacing the ICBM Prime Integration Contract with the Future Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sustainment and Acquisition Construct—or FISAC. Under the FISAC, the Air Force assumes the lead systems integrator role supported by an integration support contractor and a team of subsystem contractors. Northrop Grumman continues its rich heritage and expertise in ICBMs through the Minuteman Ground Subsystems Support Contract (GSSC), which was awarded in January 2015. Under the GSSC scope, Northrop Grumman supports the Air Force’s sustainment, development, production and deployment of hardware and system modifications for Ground and Airborne Launch Control Systems, Launch Facilities and associated infrastructure.

A world-class integrator of complex, mission-critical systems and networks, Northrop Grumman has been involved in every United States ground based ballistic missile program since 1955, helping to shape our nation’s aerospace and defense industry, and helping to ensure a safe, secure and reliable nuclear weapon system.