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Chandler site has role in multi-billion-dollar defense job

April 12th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
Chandler site has role in multi-billion-dollar defense job


Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a contract by the Missile Defense Agency for the Next Generation Inceptor (NGI) Program and some of the project work will be done in Chandler.

The contract calls for the rapid development and flight test of an interceptor designed to defend the nation against the most complex long-ranged threats.

Specifically, it is charged with developing a new guided missile system that can protect the U.S. before the end of the decade from advanced North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Northrop Grumman in a release said it has teamed with Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies, “to bring together the vast experience of the two companies.”

MDA also issued a related contract for the NGI program to Lockheed Martin and Army Technology magazine reported last month the combined value of the contracts was more than $3 billion, though initial program funding through June 2022 totaled a little more than half that.

In awarding the contracts to the two defense technology giants, MDA turned its back on Boeing, which was in competition for the lucrative job.

Northrup Grumman noted that it and Raytheon have extensive experience in missile defense, along with the latest in Agile processes, artificial intelligence and model-based systems engineering “to offer an affordable, low-risk solution.”

The NGI program is an element of the MDA’s ground-based Midcourse Defense System – the primary U.S. missile defense system used to defend the country from long-range ballistic missile attacks.

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon currently provide interceptor booster, kill vehicle, ground systems, fire control and engagement coordination for that GMD system.

Although the program team will be stationed in Northrup Grumman’s Hunstsille, Alabama, campus, the corporation said in a release that some of the major work will be done on its 633,000-square-foot build-to-suit campus along the Price Corridor.

Northrop Grumman two years ago moved into the 47-acre campus, one of Chandler’s largest commercial projects. Northrop Grumman is one of Chandler’s top 10 largest employers with approximately 2,500 employees.

The award-winning campus is equipped with state-of the-art technology, a city spokeswoman said.

“Our campus enables the agile design and manufacturing processes we are using for NGI,” said Rich Straka, vice president Northrop Grumman launch vehicles.

“We also focused on employee engagement and collaboration with the design, including common areas, a restaurant-style café, gym and other unique features that help us find and retain our world-class workforce.”

He also said “supporting the Missile Defense Agency in protecting our homeland is something we’ve been doing in Arizona for nearly 20 years on the Ground Based Interceptor program.”

“We are proud to continue serving our nation as we build the Next Generation Interceptor, bringing many new jobs, as well as career growth opportunities for our current employees and ensuring Arizona remains a vital contributor to our nation’s defense.”

Scott Lehr, vice president and general manager of launch and missile defense for Northrop Grumman, said, “There is a critical timeline for fielding this capability and our team brings together the industry’s top missile defense talent, agile design and manufacturing practices, and state-of-the-art operational factories to support the MDA and our nation’s defense against these evolving threats.”

Added Bryan Rosselli, vice president of Strategic Missile Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense: “We are bringing together next-generation technologies—digital engineering and game-changing discrimination—for an extremely advanced capability.”

“This team is building on unmatched experience, accounting for all 47 prior U.S. exo-atmospheric intercepts. With that knowledge, we are also embracing innovative ways to accelerate operational deployment while reducing risk.”

The contract, including flight test options, has a period of performance through 2029.

Northrop Grumman employs more than 97,000 employees worldwide.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said the city looks forward “to continuing our relationship with Northrop Grumman as their highly skilled workforce here in Chandler continues to defend the United States of America.”