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Northrop Grumman, Raytheon unite for Missile Defense Agency’s Next Generation Interceptor

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) teams have won approval from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) following successful testing of the companies’ common software factory solution.

According to Northrop Grumman, the program is now set for integration which will serve to accelerate the NGI software design and development. The collaboration between Northrop Grumman and Raytheon enables the MDA to review the product’s development and release in an efficient manner.

Lisa Brown, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s NGI program, hailed the company’s collaboration on the mission-critical product development.

“By leveraging our company’s digital transformation expertise, we successfully developed, tested, demonstrated and received customer approval for our NGI software factory in record time,” said Brown. “This technology enables transparent collaboration between our teams and the MDA during NGI software development, which greatly reduces risk to schedule.”

The defense industry titan asserted that the NGI common software factory is equipped with facets and processes to provide for software deployable artifacts with minimal human intervention.

Melissa Morrison-Ellis, Raytheon Missiles and Defense NGI deputy program director, outlined the company’s efforts in protecting the homeland against adversarial missile threats.

“We are rapidly maturing our preliminary design in a model-based environment,” declared Morris-Ellis. “This digital ecosystem accelerates the software development timeline, ensuring that warfighters are equipped with defensive interceptors that protect the U.S. from the threat of a rogue missile strike.”

The release stated, “Northrop Grumman’s NGI team, with its strategic partner Raytheon Technologies, brings flight-proven missile defense experience including ground systems, battle management, command and control, interceptor boost vehicles and kill vehicles, as well as innovative technologies, agile processes and proven facilities.”

Northrop Grumman further advised that the collaboration “is leveraging unmatched past performance in interceptors to deliver a highly capable, affordable, low-risk solution that meets the customer’s schedule and ensures mission success.”

As all three entities, the Missile Defense Agency, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, hold a significant presence in Huntsville, the Rocket City is set to further expand its role in protecting national security interests.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL