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GBSD and Northrop Grumman's Leadership

With over 65 years of leadership on every U.S. ICBM system, the Northrop Grumman nationwide team is ready to deliver – on schedule – a safe, secure, reliable, and effective nuclear deterrent capability. This team, which includes highly skilled companies – large and small – with thousands of people across the country directly working on this vital national security program, has the proven capability, capacity and commitment needed to execute the GBSD program for the U.S. Air Force.

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GBSD Overview

The U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) is the weapon system replacement for the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system (ICBM). GBSD represents the modernization of the ground-based leg of the nuclear triad.

The Minuteman III first became operational in the early 1970s. While certain components and subsystems have been upgraded, most of the fundamental infrastructure in use today is the original equipment supporting more than 50 years of continuous operation.

On August 21, 2017, Northrop Grumman was one of two companies awarded a Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction contract for the new GBSD weapon system program.

The Air Force is focused on developing and delivering an integrated weapon system that will meet the combatant commander’s current requirements, while having the affordability and adaptability to address changing technology and emerging threats through 2075.

If selected, the Northrop Grumman nationwide team stands ready to deliver on this critical capability on schedule. There is no margin for delay.

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Ready to Deliver

The Northrop Grumman nationwide team has been working together for more than three years on this competitive Air Force acquisition. We are developing innovative concepts, technologies, and solutions necessary to meet the Air Force schedule, while delivering a safe, secure, reliable, and effective GBSD system. Our team has invested significantly in the people, facilities and tools needed to be ready, and is committed to deliver a GBSD solution – on schedule – that meets the nation’s needs.

The GBSD nationwide team includes Aerojet Rocketdyne, Bechtel, Clark Construction, Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Kratos, L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, and Textron Systems along with hundreds of other small, medium and large businesses across the United States with extensive ICBM missile systems expertise.

If selected, the Northrop Grumman GBSD nationwide team is ready to deliver a national security priority to develop a modernized ICBM capability, on schedule, for the U.S. Air Force.