Advanced Weapons

Intelligent, effective weapons, ready for today’s fight and beyond.

Defining Possible for Advanced Weapons

We are a leading provider of advanced weapons that ensure overmatch against the most difficult challenges. Maximizing combat effectiveness today, while designing revolutionary new capabilities to meet the demands of the future.

With unrivaled capability depth and kill web breadth, we bring the strengths and expertise from across Northrop Grumman. The result: smarter, more survivable and effective weapons. Delivered rapidly and affordably.

Defining Innovation

Weapons that push the boundaries of possible to defeat the threat.
Just to name a few...


propulsion for a new era of unmatched capability

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Smart ammunition
that makes defeating difficult targets a reality


Miniature munitions
with equivalent effects of a 500-lb bomb


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Our Capabilities

The most advanced weapons  ̶  with ever-increasing range, speed, survivability and smarts  ̶  tailored to mission needs

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Highly reliable and precise tactical weapons, to include guided projectiles, precision munitions, advanced ammunition and gun systems.

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Industry leading components for air, sea and land-based weapons systems.

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Ushering in a new era for faster, more survivable, highly capable weapons.

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Strike Missiles

Advanced missile solutions to defeat land, sea and air threats.

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Directed Energy

High-energy laser solutions defending our nation at sea, on land, and in the air.

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Missile Defense

Advanced interceptors for reliable, effective protection against traditional ballistic and emerging hypersonic threats.

Our Advantage

Higher-performance weapons, developed and fielded faster than ever.

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Integrated Approach

Solutions that optimize the kill web, integrating enabling technology and expertise from across Northrop Grumman for weapons superiority.

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JADC2 Advanced Networking Integrated Power and Energy Systems Data Link Processing and Management Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
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Highly Adaptable

With our extensive portfolio, we are uniquely equipped to create systems that optimize size, weight and power for mission-tailorable outcomes.

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Tip to Tail Weapons Solutions Highly Adaptable Digital Designs
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Digital Transformation

Proven success in digital engineering, open architectures and modular design for some of our nation’s most important defense and weapons programs.

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Digital Engineering for Missiles Digital Transformation at Northrop Grumman
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Emerging Capabilities

We’re at the forefront of weapons development, tackling seemingly impossible challenges to help create new classes of strategically important weapons.

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Advanced Ammunition: Defeating Impossible Enemy Threats 
  Next-Generation Scramjet Delivers Hypersonic Propulsion that Weighs Less to Pack More Punch

Defining Purpose

Our weapons help protect sovereignty and secure freedoms for U.S. citizens and our allies. The importance of this mission, and our role, inspires us and fuels our innovation.

News about Advanced Weapons

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The XM913 Bushmaster® Chain Gun® Developed for the U.S. Army's XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle

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Northrop Grumman Expanding Capacity to Meet Global Security Demands

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Ensuring Mission Readiness for the U.S. Army

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Northrop Grumman Opens New Hypersonic Propulsion Systems Manufacturing Facility

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Unfinished Business

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Hatchet: Arming Unmanned Aircraft to Strike as Well as See

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Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range Completes Fifth Consecutive Successful Test

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Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range Team Honored with William J. Perry Award

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New Factory to Launch New Era in Missile Production

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Next-Generation Scramjet Delivers Hypersonic Propulsion That Weighs Less to Pack More Punch

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Northrop Grumman Assumes Full GMLRS Rocket Motor Production

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Ready Now: Hatchet Completes Live Drop Testing

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Sustaining Advanced Weapon Systems

Keeping Bushmaster Cannons at Peak Performance

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Northrop Grumman Increases Hypersonic Manufacturing Production Capacity and Affordability

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Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range Completes Fourth Successful Missile Live Fire

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US Air Force Selects Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Northrop Grumman to Deliver First Hypersonic Air-Breathing Missile

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From the Apache to the Ground

The Evolution of the M230 Bushmaster® Chain Gun®

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Specialized Team Sets Northrop Grumman Apart When it Comes to Integrated Fuze and Warhead Design

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Northrop Grumman Reduces Manufacturing Time and Cost by Accelerating Development of High-Temperature Materials

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SCRAM C/C - How an Adapted 3D Printing Technology Is Accelerating the Hypersonics Timeline

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Modernizing the Precision Guidance Kit

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Northrop Grumman Successfully Identifies Modern Threats During Advanced Missile Flight Test

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Third Successful Missile Live Fire Test for Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range

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Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Northrop Grumman Complete Second Hypersonic Weapon Flight Test

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Northrop Grumman Announces New Missile Integration Facility

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Northrop Grumman Receives US Air Force Contract for Stand-in Attack Weapon Development

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Propulsion Systems: The Complete Missile Components Package from Tip to Tail

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Ditching the Documents: Digital Engineering Speeds Development and Deployment of Advanced Weapons

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Sustainable Practices Drive Environmentally Friendly Facilities

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Benefits of International Cooperative Programs for Weapons

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Precision, Affordability and Survivability

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Northrop Grumman Completes Successful Precision Strike Missile Rocket Motor Static Test

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Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range Completes Second Successful Missile Live Fire

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Developing Hypersonic Missile Systems: A New Center of Excellence Brings High-Speed Weapons to the Forefront

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 10,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Rocket Motor

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Northrop Grumman to Increase Inventory of Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile for the US Navy and German Air Force

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Advanced Ammunition: Defeating Impossible Enemy Threats

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Programmable Bomb Fuze Meets the Challenges of the Modern Battlefield

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Interoperability Leads to LongShot

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The Need for SEAD/DEAD

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Northrop Grumman Builds Hypersonic Center of Excellence to Support National Security

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Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Replace Aging ICBM System

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Northrop Grumman Surpasses Production of 50,000 Artillery Precision Guidance Kits

Northrop Grumman’s 1000th AARGM Ceremony

Northrop Grumman Reaches Critical Design Milestone for AARGM-ER

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Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Continues to Protect the US Navy

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $110 Million for US Air Force Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze

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Northrop Grumman to Manufacture New All-Electronic Bomb Fuze

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Northrop Grumman Selected for US Army Stryker Vehicle High Energy Laser Initiative

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Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo for US Navy

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Scramjet-powered Tactical Missile Systems

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How Do You Test Hypersonic Systems?