Missile Defense

Northrop Grumman

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Multi-domain defense

A robust and reliable defense against air and missile threats is a critical element of national security. Maintaining the capability to see, track, engage and defeat adversary strike systems deters aggression and preserves freedom of action for the U.S., its allies and coalition partners.

Modern missile defense spans multiple domains, from undersea to outer space, as well as the cyber and electromagnetic spectrums.

Northrop Grumman Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Pairs with Sensors and Shooters for Live Air Test

Trusted partner

Northrop Grumman has been an important contributor to missile defense since the beginning, from providing threat discrimination software to building flight hardware for interceptors. Today, our portfolio touches every major element of an end-to-end missile defense system across all layers and ranges, from left of launch to the successful intercept of a threat and post-engagement analysis.

The company has expertise in land, air and space-based radar and electro-optical sensors; kinetic interceptors and targets; non-kinetic directed energy, electronic warfare and cyber effectors; battle management command, control, communications for detection, tracking and engagement; lifecycle support, training, field servicing, maintenance and replenishment; assured positioning, navigation and timing; as well as mission systems engineering, architecting, analysis and simulation.

Robust defense against any threat

Northrop Grumman is invested in layered defense, with solutions to counter short to medium and intercontinental-range threats in the atmosphere and up to space. Our technologies enable defense against maneuvering, hypersonic and ballistic missile threats, as well as unmanned aerial systems and rocket, artillery and mortar fire.

Ballistic Missile Defense Test ICBM

Detect, track, engage, defeat

Radar, electro-optical/infrared and other advanced sensors are the eyes of a missile defense system. Software-defined, hardware-enabled sensors are able to be updated to detect new kinds of threats as they evolve and discern the real object from decoys.

It also matters how that data is collected, fused and displayed. Commanders need a clear, trusted picture of the battlespace to make split-second action decisions.

Interceptors and effectors

Rocket boosters and air-breathing hypersonic propulsion are our specialties, with Northrop Grumman providing these critical components for defense, strike, flight and space launch applications.

Our solid rocket motors power interceptors that defend the U.S. homeland and its regional forces and allies against missile attacks. A pioneer in supersonic combustion ramjet propulsion, our scramjet engines enable missiles to fly at speeds greater than Mach 5.

Non-kinetic electronic attack and directed energy weapons, such as jammers, lasers and high-power microwaves, will play a greater role in air and missile defense as the technology develops. Offensive and defense cyber operations are also key to success.

Command, Control, and Communications

A robust and reliable missile defense system depends on a trusted, resilient and cyber-secure battle management, command, control and communications infrastructure.

Low-latency, beyond-line-of-sight networks ensure that information passes instantly between sensors, interceptors and command nodes on land, at sea and in space. It extends to the cyber and electromagnetic radiofrequency domains, too.

Air defenders also need an unambiguous, single integrated air picture to make the right decision quickly; and open architecture allows them to utilize all available sensors and select the best shooter to defeat incoming threats.