REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–Northrop Grumman has submitted a proposal to the United States Air Force to modernize the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile system with the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program.
GBSD will replace the existing ICBM missile system, including the weapon systems command and control; flight, launch and ground systems; and cyber elements.
“The ICBM system has been an effective deterrent since its inception,” said Carol Erikson, GBSD vice president and capture manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “Northrop Grumman has submitted a proposal leveraging our comprehensive ICBM weapons system understanding to deliver a low-risk, adaptable solution within cost and schedule.”
Northrop Grumman brings insight into GBSD requirements based on a partnership with the Air Force that started more than 60 years ago when TRW, a Northrop Grumman heritage company, was awarded a contract to provide systems engineering and technical direction to the Air Force.
Since then, the company has served as the systems integrator on every ICBM weapon system and, as a result, has the extensive systems engineering expertise required for GBSD. Northrop Grumman was the prime contractor on the recently completed ICBM Prime Integration Contract and is currently the Ground Subsystem Sustainment contractor.