Advanced Weapons

Advanced Weapons

Providing Warfighters the Edge.

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

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Defining the Edge for our Forces

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.

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Flying faster than a mile a second, facing scorching 2,000°F temperatures, all while maneuvering throughout flight, hypersonic missiles test the limits of possible.

We’re at the forefront of innovation, tackling seemingly impossible challenges to help create new classes of strategically important propulsion systems for our nation. With industry leading ramjets, scramjets and boosters, advanced materials, and full life-cycle development, we are leading the way for faster, more survivable, highly capable hypersonic weapons.

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Northrop Grumman is the industry leader in providing guided projectiles and precision weapons that are employed from air, land and sea based platforms. These weapons provide the ability to engage difficult targets with precision to increase effects while limiting the chance of collateral damage.

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Northrop Grumman designs and produces advanced and tactical high-speed propulsion systems, fuzes, warheads and controls for air, sea and land-based systems.

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Strike Missiles

Northrop Grumman provides the warfighter and its allies with affordable and technically mature advanced high-speed long range strike weapon solutions for use against today’s modern surface-to-air threats.

Providing the warfighter standoff capabilities is imperative to keeping aircrews safe while executing missions. By incorporating stand-off capabilities onto the aircraft, the aircrew is able to rapidly engage land- and sea-based air-defense threats, as well as striking, time-sensitive targets, while remaining outside of lethal engagement envelopes.

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Directed Energy

Northrop Grumman develops high-energy laser solutions to defend our nation at sea, on land, and in the air. Our technology is protecting U.S. forces from a range of threats, such as unmanned aerial systems, rockets, artillery and mortars, fast attack boats and missiles.

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

The Department of Defense’s AI Strategy defines Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as “the ability of machines to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.” AI enables humans to make educated decisions by parsing through information and delivering relevant data at mission speed.

At Northrop Grumman, AI has the potential to transform every system, product and service that we produce for our customers, worldwide. We develop advanced capabilities to solve the world’s most challenging problems in space, aeronautics, maritime defense, cyberspace and intelligence. The stakes are high—and our standards for ethics and security are even higher.

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Advanced Networking Technology

Leveraging its 60 years of proven expertise, Northrop Grumman designs, develops and delivers end-to-end communications and advanced networking capabilities sought out by U.S. and allied military forces.

Northrop Grumman connects domains through the design and delivery of leading integrated Communications, Navigation and Identification systems; software-defined, all-domain network radios; cutting-edge information assurance and multi-level security offerings; advanced waveform technologies; open architecture gateway capabilities; and emerging Internet of Warfighting Things applications.

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News About Weapons

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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

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?

Careers in Advanced Weapons

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Weapons Careers in Maryland

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Weapons Careers in Minnesota

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Weapons Careers in California

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Weapons Careers in New York

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Weapons Careers in Arizona

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Weapons Careers in Florida