Missile Products

Missile Products

Missile Products

Northrop Grumman designs and produces missile products including advanced high-speed propulsion systems, fuzes, warheads and controls for air, sea and land-based systems. We are continually reimagining products to meet or exceed today’s program requirements and battlefield challenges, affordably. We provide a unique offering for our customers as we are one of the few companies with leading market positions in fuzing, warheads, proximity sensors and tactical rocket motors.

Tactical Rocket Motors

Tactical Rocket Motors

Defining uncompromised effectiveness and greater safety to our warfighters. Northrop Grumman delivered the first-ever Insensitive Munition (IM)-compliant rocket motor for the Guided Multiple-Launch Rocket System and for the high performance, minimum-smoke HELLFIRE missile rocket motor, the sole rocket motor used across the entire family of missile variants.

When it comes to the next generation of propulsion systems for tactical missiles, our suite of IM technologies provides the greatest level of protection available against real-world threats to our warfighters’ weapon systems. Threats including fuel fires and slow heating thermal cook offs, as well as impacts from bullets and explosive fragments, are all mitigated by the optimal combination of advanced IM features developed by Northrop Grumman. These safety enhancements do not come at the expense of any of the weapon’s effectiveness for its primary mission.

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Warheads

Defining precision detonation aftermath. Lethality Enhanced Ordnance (LEO), innovative warhead technology, eliminates unexploded ordnance and contains no submunitions while providing equal or greater munition performance required by the warfighter. Designed as a scalable solution, LEO has been successfully tested on warheads as small as 0.5 lbs and up to 250 lbs.

Northrop Grumman is the only company to offer Warhead Optimizer capabilities. Current and potential customers can experience modeling and design validations against varying target sets grounded in actual warhead arena test data.

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Fuzing & Sensors

Defining the future of fuze technology. With a half of a century of bomb fuze experience, our experts are on the forefront of bridging the gap from legacy mechanical moving parts to all-electronic construction. The move to all-electronic construction significantly improves munitions’ functionality, as well as production and delivery.

The Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze is an all-electronic, cockpit programmable, intelligent fuze capable of destroying deeply buried targets. It provides multiple delay arming and detonation times, as well as a void-sensing capability, which allows for precision activation of the fuze.

Supersonic and Hypersonic Propulsion

Supersonic and Hypersonic Propulsion

Defining advanced missile systems for extreme speeds and high altitudes. Northrop Grumman’s solid and liquid fueled ramjet and scramjet propulsion systems are critical components for supersonic and hypersonic air-breathing weapons. Our scramjet engines use high vehicle speed to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion to enable sustained flight at hypersonic speeds. Such speeds reduce flight times and increase weapon survivability, effectiveness and flexibility. Our in-house Mach 7+ clean air testing facility gives us the unique ability to affordably demonstrate new advances in high speed propulsion technology.

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Advanced Solid Rocket Propulsion

Defining the meaning of high strength. Northrop Grumman is the designer and manufacturer of the high-performance Mk 136 Third Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM). TSRM features dual-pulse capability with thrust vector control and nearly 200 pounds of propellant for two burns that provide flexibility to handle a wide range of missions. TSRM also features an integrated warm gas and cold gas attitude control system. The warm gas system provides attitude control for larger navigational corrections while the cold gas system provides low-level attitude control during coast periods.

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Commercial Powder

Defining a legacy in the production of small, medium and large caliber munitions. Northrop Grumman has spent decades refining its operations, maintenance and modernization efforts to support the warfighter. We ensure our products and services are delivered safely, on-time and competitively priced.

Breadth of Design, Development
and Testing Capabilities

NG Defense Systems Missile development and testing sites map showing Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Florida, California, Minnesota.

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Missile Products

Northrop Grumman designs and produces missile products including solid rocket motors and advanced high speed propulsion systems, fuzes, warheads, propellants and controls for air, sea and land-based systems. We are continually creating and reimagining products to meet or exceed today’s program requirements and battlefield challenges, affordably.

Smart Bomb Fuzes and Proximity Sensors

For nearly half a century, Northrop Grumman and its heritage companies have been designing and developing bomb fuzes that have stayed on pace with the technological advancements of the time. Today our fuze technology is transitioning from legacy mechanical moving parts to all-electronic construction which has significantly improved munitions’ functionality, as well as production and delivery.

FMU-167/B Hard Target Sensing Fuze

A marvel of sophisticated engineering, the FMU-167/B is powerful enough to drive a bomb through meters of concrete and rock while counting voids that are indicative of a deeply buried underground complex. By counting these voids, the “smart” fuze can detonate at a preprogrammed location within the structure, defeating adversaries’ high-value assets

FMU-139 General-purpose Bomb Fuze

Building on the success of FMU-167/B, Northrop Grumman has redesigned the standard FMU-139 general-purpose bomb fuze to create the FMU-139 D/B. Its all-electronic design enables the fuze to handle longer missions, and function as both a general-purpose fuze and a penetrator fuze.

Precision Proximity Sensors

Precision detonation of weapons over a target not only increases warfighters’ effectiveness but equally as important, it significantly reduces collateral damage. Northrop Grumman’s DSU-33 D/B proximity sensor does just that. Used in conjunction with bomb fuzes and employed in aerial munitions utilizing general-purpose, blast-fragmentation warheads, the DSU-33 D/B proximity sensor detonates bombs at a fixed height above surface targets, maximizing the warhead’s blast and fragmentation effects.

Lethality Enhanced Ordnance (LEO) Warheads

In 2008, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a requirement that by 2019 all cluster munitions containing submunitions not result in more than one percent unexploded ordnance after arming. In response to that requirement, Northrop Grumman developed LEO. This innovative warhead technology eliminates unexploded ordnance and contains no submunitions while providing equal or greater munition performance required by the warfighter. Greater performance is achieved when a traditional warhead is replaced with a LEO warhead of the same size and equal performance is achieved with a smaller warhead that then frees up space with the missile system for a larger rocket motor and thus extending the munitions’ range. Our scalable solution has been successfully tested on warheads as small as 0.5 lbs and up to 250 lbs.

Tactical Propulsion Systems

Insensitive Munitions Rocket Motors

Building on our long history of designing and manufacturing high-performance propulsion systems for air-, sea- and land-based missiles, two game-changing Northrop Grumman technologies have emerged in recent years: affordable insensitive munitions (IM) rocket motors and air-breathing propulsion systems for hypersonic weapons. Northrop Grumman’s affordable IM technology combines three simple technologies to create an advanced IM solution that makes our propulsion systems chemically stable enough to withstand mechanical shocks, fire and impact by shrapnel, and still function as intended to destroy their targets, providing uncompromising effectiveness and greater safety to our warfighters. Tactical Propulsion products include:

  • AIM-9M Sidewinder Rocket Motor
  • AIM-9P Sidewinder Rocket Motor
  • AIM-9X Sidewinder Rocket Motor
  • Chaparral M-121 Rocket Motor
  • Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile-Propulsion System (ESSM)
  • HELLFIRE® Rocket Motor
  • IM GMLRS Rocket Motor
  • IM Joint Air-to-ground Missile Rocket Motor (IM JAGM)
  • Maverick Rocket Motor & Heavy Warhead
  • RAM Block 1 Rocket Motor
  • RAM Block 2 Rocket Motor
  • Oriole Sounding Rocket Booster Motor
  • STAR™ Space Propulsion and Stages
  • Aerothermal Research and Test Facilities
  • Ignition Safety Devices

 

Scramjet Combustors

Northrop Grumman’s proven scramjet combustors will be a critical component in the next generation of tactical missile systems — air-breathing hypersonic weapons. Our scramjet engines use high vehicle speed to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion to enable sustained flight at hypersonic speeds. Such speeds reduce flight times and increase weapon survivability, effectiveness and flexibility.

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Artist rendering courtesy of Raytheon