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Northrop Grumman clarifies the first ICBMM next-generation architecture analysis


Feb 18, 2021

The construction of a modern intercontinental ballistic missile for the United States Air Force by Northrop Grumman had passed its first inspection, the firm reported on February 16. In the month of November, the analysis took place two months after the $13.3 billion deal to build the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent was awarded to the Northrop Grumman by the Air Force. The GBSD is the successor to ICBM Minuteman 3, which has been in operation since 1970.

Northrop Grumman stated the Air Force has accepted the corporation’s GBSD engineering and manufacturing strategy and is also the initial step in transferring program ownership rights to the government. The review was essentially a 3-day event with over 100 participants. To build the 3-stage solid-fueled GBSD, the Air Force, as well as Northrop Grumman, are utilizing a digital engineering strategy. This enables the contractors and government to collaboratively operate in a virtual world, breaking from conventional systems where the process is not incorporated.

Northrop Grumman has to produce a modern ICBM by the year 2029, according to existing plans. The ground-based component of the country’s nuclear forces consists of ICBMs. In the upcoming round of the Pentagon budget evaluations, the GBSD system could come under fire because of its large price tag, expected to hit $100 billion in the next decade. Critics suggested that the Minuteman 3 should continue to be modernized by the Pentagon to preserve money. Still, the Air Force maintained that it was not feasible to keep the outdated missiles in service any longer.

The Biden administration plans to undertake a United States nuclear forces analysis, and the result will decide GBSD’s long-term future. ” There’ll be a rethink of the different facets of nuclear policy as well as modernization, as is the case with any government. That’s fitting, I guess. The Trump administration accomplished that as well,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks stated during her February 2 confirmation hearing.

Any effort to curb GBSD would likely face considerable pushback in Congress. The initiative funds thousands of employees throughout the United States. A broad team of the subcontractors, including Aerojet Rocketdyne, Bechtel, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin, L3Harris, and Textron Systems, were developed by Northrop Grumman as the main contractor.

In a January 28 earnings report, Northrop Grumman’s Chief executive Kathy Warden informed analysts that the GBSD is “the newest contribution to our diversified selection of multi-decade and multibillion-dollar franchise projects.”