Weapons

Weapons: Giving Warfighters the Edge

Game changing solutions to support our military’s end-to-end fight

Northrop Grumman offers solutions that give our forces the edge throughout the entirety of their missions.

The difference between success and failure in the battlespace can often come down to who has the technological advantage. It’s why we build weapons that don’t just work, they give our forces the edge.

For decades, Northrop Grumman has protected U.S. forces and our allies by designing, developing and delivering weapons of increasing complexity and capabilities for expanded missions and domains. We continue to build upon that legacy to pioneer weapons that consistently outmatch the range, speed, precision and firepower of fielded enemy weapon systems, with the parameters of current platforms in mind.

Northrop Grumman’s weapon solutions define possible from tip-to-tail, integrating legacy capabilities with innovative technology for the toughest missions with increased survivability, speed to the field, and affordability at the forefront.

Increased Survivability

In recent years, the U.S. military and our allies have pivoted toward addressing peer and near-peer threats. To respond to these adversaries, technology must be able to match, or ideally exceed, the technology of these emerging threats.

Survivability is at the forefront of design, development and upgrades for Northrop Grumman weapon creation. It’s paramount that our warfighters are able to execute their missions effectively and reliably. Weapons navigate in harsh conditions and operate in the world’s most thermal extremes. Using the best materials science, our weapons are built to withstand environmental conditions and electronic threats to complete any mission.

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Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM)

AARGM(-ER)

Northrop Grumman’s AARGM-ER is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading legacy Advanced Anti Radiation Guided Missile systems with advanced range to perform suppression and destruction of enemy air defense missions.

AARGM-ER is the most advanced system for pilots against today’s modern surface-to-air threats. It is able to rapidly engage land- and sea-based air-defense threats, as well as striking, time-sensitive targets.

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Extended Range Rocket Motors

Northrop Grumman, as a systems integrator, and as a components provider, works with weapons users to find extended range solutions that achieve performance objectives, quickly and affordably.  By balancing all considerations, Northrop Grumman provides an optimum system approach that brings extended range to new and existing weapon systems alike.

Read > Extended Range: Why It's Important and How We Get There

Hypersonic and Supersonic Propulsion

Northrop Grumman is an industry leader in hypersonic propulsion.  Leveraging our hypersonic expertise and wind tunnel facilities to expand design, prototype, & test capability to including additive manufacturing.

Northrop Grumman is able to bring truly integrated solutions that are more affordable, reliable, capable, innovative, and deployed rapidly. Learn more about the Counter Hypersonics Mission >

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Scramjet-Powered Tactical Missile Systems

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How Do You Test Hypersonic Systems?

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Propulsion Control Systems Keep Their Cool With New Aerospace Technology

Fuzing

Electronic fuzes are safe and reliable, making them increasingly preferred to legacy mechanical and electro-mechanical fuzes for the benefits they bring to modern weapons systems.

Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze

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

This fuze is so smart it can be set to detonate at a precise distance underground.

Artillery Fuzes, Battlefield Survivability and Testing Capability

Artillery fuzes must be able to survive a gun launch. The fuze must be protected from: the G-force of the launch; the shock of the round leaving the gun; and temperature changes in flight. As it’s moving, temperature flucuations can range from ambient to extreme heat and then cool rapidly while it’s moving.

Guided Projectiles and Precision Weapons

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

Counter UAS (C-UAS)

Drones are a threat on the battlefield and enemy targets can send back information that discloses locations. The ability to counter these drones improves surviv…

Tank Ammunition Upgrades

With our ammunition improvements, we’ve been able to keep the Abrams tank viable on the battlefield for more than 40 years.

Close Terrain Shaping Obstacles

Combined with our networked munitions that can be controlled and turned on and off, this ability allows us to create a protective barrier for warfighters to let…

CMBRE

Tests for reliability and survivability against threat profiles

AAR47

Laser and missile warning system for low flying aircraft. It detects weapons and provides ability to shoot down and aircraft.

Testing Hypersonic Systems

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Lethality Enhanced Ordnance (LEO)

The Northrop Grumman LEO is a key element in survivability since it eliminates unexploded ordnance left on the battlefield.

  • It contains no submunitions while providing equal or greater performance required by the warfighter.
  • The LEO can replace a traditional warhead with a LEO warhead of the same size and equal performance is achieved.
  • This smaller warhead frees up space within the missile system for a larger rocket motor, thus extending the munitions range.
  • It’s scalable and has been successfully tested on warheads as small as ½ lb to up to 250 lbs.
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Cyber Survivability

It’s no longer enough for a weapon to be merely cyber resilient, but be cyber survivable as well. Cyber resiliency ensures that a system, or the infrastructure on which it depends, can withstand and recover from an attack. Cyber survivability, however, is the ability for a system to fight through and continue its mission in the presence a of threat.  Northrop Grumman has developed a wide array of survivable solutions that can withstand a punch from an adversary in any challenged environment.

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Speed to the Field

Adversaries have evolved, and they are much more sophisticated in both tactics and weaponry. Northrop Grumman invests in research and development to pioneer weapons that warfighters need to support their future fights.

Northrop Grumman’s digital engineering tools and streamlined manufacturing techniques support evaluating weapon variants and inform design alternatives at the warfighter campaign level quickly. We act with speed to get weapons into the hands of our warfighters sooner.

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Faster Decision Making for Our Warfighters

We deliver speed in decision making. Our C-UAS capabilities use machine learning and artificial intelligence to more quickly identify targets. It helps warfighters make faster decisions by relieving the cognitive load on the crew…they don’t have to think through every scenario on the battlefield.

A designers example of a Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) in action.

Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)

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Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation

A view of the M-ACE capability from the air

M-ACE Mobile – Acquisition, Cueing and Effector System

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Affordability

The U.S. military and our allies seek weapons that don’t just work, they seek weapons that give them the edge, with affordability in mind.

Northrop Grumman offers affordability in several ways, keeping in mind that the best weapons are the ones that meet our warfighter’s mission requirements and offer affordable mass.

  • We take our expertise in platforms, modeling, sensing, glide bodies, propulsion and payloads, to integrate the best of breed into a comprehensive tip-to-tail weapons solution.
  • We apply ingenuity to propose improvements to systems already used by our forces today that can benefit from an increase in capabilities and be deployed rapidly.
  • We use digital engineering to evaluate and inform our design alternatives against mission requirements.
  • We implore new manufacturing techniques that save time and keep costs down.
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Beyond Line of Sight Applications

Keeping our warfighters safe is a top priority for Northrop Grumman. We have introduced new gun technology and ammunition that our forces can precisely fire without being spotted by our adversaries. We make it possible for tanks to become an asset on the battlefield for longer ranges, with no new platforms needed.

Medium Caliber XM913 50mm Cannon
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Hatchet

A Precise, Surgical Strike

A precision mini weapon for all airborne platforms, the Hatchet is a six-pound, air delivered glide weapon. It has a Lethality Enhanced Ordnance (LEO) warhead that provides the capability of weapons in the several hundred pound class.

The Hatchet provides a speed advantage when paired with a drone to identify targets, it could rapidly service the target.

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Scramjets / Ramjets

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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PAC-3 – Used in IBCS Missile Test

Safer Rocket Motors

Northrop Grumman was able to introduce all the safety benefits of Insensitive Missile (IM) technology and retain the rocket motor’s performance, without significantly changing the current design of the missile.

We made these motors to the exact size of rocket motors in the Hellfire Missile and GMLRS missile so the Army can improve safety without a redesign.

Propulsion Systems

Solid Rocket Motor Expertise

Propelling Space and Defense Missions

Northrop Grumman News About Weapons

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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

Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM)

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

Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze

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

B-2 Stealth Bomber

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

Very Light Weight Torpedo

Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo for US Navy

Weapons

Northrop Grumman’s laser-based LAIRCM infrared countermeasure packages advanced missile warning sensors

Sensors

LITENING Advanced Targeting Pod Sensors

Targeting Systems

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Open Architecture Weapons Systems

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Missile Products

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Modeling & Simulation

Data Link Processing and Management

Network Comms & Data Links