Northrop Grumman develops a space-based hypersonic missile defense system – Defense Blog


Northrop Grumman, one of the world's largest defense contractors, announced Monday that it has been selected as one of the four awards of the Other Transactions Authority for the Phase IIa Prototype Design Demonstration and Signal Chain Processing the Hypersonic Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Balistic Tracking Space Sensor Program (HBTSS).

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According to a recent press release from the company, Northrop Grumman is developing a highly capable, affordable, surviving and extensible space-based detection solution for ballistic and hypersonic missile defense. The concept of the company advances under the HBTSS Phase IIa program.

Phase IIa of 12-month HBTSS will demonstrate the design of the payload for a proposed satellite constellation to detect and track threats from hypersonic and advanced missiles. Phase IIa removes the technical risk through the demonstration of critical technologies required to track advanced weapons such as hypersonic missiles from space.

Theaward continues Northrop Grumman's long-standing partnership with the Missile Defense Agency and the wider space defense and missile community to solve national security critical challenges. Northrop Grumman will demonstrate its agile and affordable approach to produce large volume space sensors for proliferated global operations.

"We are a leading technology company that has been supporting the space defense and missile missions of our government clients for decades," said Kenneth Todorov, vice president of Missile Defense Solutions, Northrop Grumman. "HBTSS is an important company that allows us to see advanced threats such as hypersonic missiles in ways we have not been able to see before. If you can see the threats, you can eliminate them."

"Through the HBTSS program, we are leveraging our broad talent and technology base to develop an affordable and extensible solution for this critical component of our nation's missile defense system."

Northrop Grumman is building Phase IIa on the concepts developed in Phase I. The work will be done in several locations of the company in the United States.

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