Cannon-Based Air Defense

Resilient Defense

Adversaries are focused on growing the quantity, variety, and capability of aerial weapons. Future conflicts will see substantially larger raid sizes attack previously uncontested bases and critical infrastructure. Cannon-Based Air Defense (CBAD) systems offer scalable, cost effective, and resilient terminal defense against mass air threats.

CBAD integrates sensors, battle management command and control, and effectors leveraging battle-proven cannons and a suite of advanced ammunition, ready to defend against subsonic cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from conflict start to finish.


Layered Terminal Defense, Simplified Logistics

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alternative to traditional interceptor missiles

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efficient air defense solution

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Leverage battle-proven cannon technology with innovative advanced ammunitions

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value assets, bases, infrastructure

Most efficient response to low-cost, high-volume attacks


Cost-Effective Raid Defense

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Traditional, long-range interceptor missiles are no longer cost-effective as adversaries deploy low-cost, expendable technologies in large quantities.

CBAD provides an affordable, layered terminal defense with scalable manufacturing base and simplified logistics footprint.

With CBAD, this advanced weapons system will help warfighters win tonight, and every tomorrow through intelligent weapons ready to deliver in their favor.

Proven Technology. Advanced Solutions.
Defining Possible with CBAD.

A digital model is ready now to support mission analysis.


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Cannon-Based Air Defense Datasheet

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Gunning for Missiles

U.S. military load a C-5 aircraft with Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) equipment

Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS)

Enabling Technology

Our CBAD solution is caliber agnostic. For example, Northrop Grumman’s medium-caliber cannons boast unrivaled reliability and effectiveness. Our Bushmaster® Chain Guns® provide next generation, battle proven capability, based on caliber size, tailored to mission needs. In addition, Northrop Grumman is at the forefront of developing new, advanced ammunition types that include armor penetration, air bursting, proximity-fuzed and guided munitions to enhance lethality and overmatch on the battlefield.