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 complete any given mission. But they are well prepared to survive electronic threats as well.

Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM)

AARGM-ER

Northrop Grumman’s AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with advanced capability to perform suppression and destruction of enemy air defense missions.

AARGM 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.

Rocket motor on ground pointing to the sky, smoke emerging from base of motor.

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 and 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 >

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

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

All Electric Bomb Fuze – More reliable, better performing and lower cost

Artillery Fuzes

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.

Firey explosion in the desert

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.

Battlefield Survivability

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.

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

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

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 friendly forces in.

Large command center with multiple computer screens and people monitoring data.

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 of threat.  Northrop Grumman has developed a wide-array of survivable solutions that can withstand a punch from an adversary in any challenged environment.

More about Cyber

Testing Capability

Tests for reliability and survivability against threat profiles

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

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 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.

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.

This is a man with a blue hat at an armament facility.

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.

AARGM and AARGM-ER

It’s legacy predecessor, the HARM missile had limited capability to only work with radar….if the radar was taken out, it would go where it “thought” it was supposed to go. AARGM homes in on a radar signal in order to take out air defense capabilities. But it has upgraded the HARM to offer a multi-layered approach with brains to stay on track if the radar is lost. It uses millimeter waves and GPS to do so. AARGM also helps with people and platform survivability by achieving greater standoff from ground fire.

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 fire without being spotted by our adversaries, and it’s precise. 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
Precision strike device in air (artist rendering)

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.

More about Guided Projectiles
Scramjet Combustors Northrop Grumman

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.

Learn about Northrop Grumman and Raytheon's Partnership

Other partnerships for extended range motors:

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.