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Boeing teams with General Atomics, Aerojet Rocketdyne for NGI

Boeing Defense has teamed with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Aerojet Rocketdyne to compete to build the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI).

The bid announcement – disclosed by Boeing on 25 September, but submitted by the team on 12 August – identifies the third response to the final NGI request for proposals (RFP), which the MDA, in consultation with United States Strategic Command, United States Northern Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, issued on 24 April. Northrop Grumman Corporation and Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD), a Raytheon Technologies business, on 4 May announced a teaming agreement to pursue the NGI contract, while Lockheed Martin on 3 August disclosed that it had submitted a bid to develop the new interceptor.

NGI is intended as an operational weapon system to address the current ‘rogue nation’ ballistic missile threat – with the capacity to outpace future evolving threats – arrayed against the continental United States. MDA sources have suggested that an NGI solution could be fielded by 2028.

The NGI RFP called for proposals to be submitted by 31 July (with “adjustments for Covid-19” provided for “based on Real World Events”), following which, under current planning assumptions, the MDA is expected later this year to select two companies to compete their respective NGI solutions.

The selected design is intended to eventually replace the legacy Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), the Raytheon-manufactured current kinetic intercept component of the multi-stage solid fuel booster Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI). Located at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), California, the GBI capability constitutes the interceptor component of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the US Ballistic Missile Defense System.

The ‘lead’ Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California in March, 2019, in the first-ever salvo engagement test of a threat-representative intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target. The two EKV-equipped GBIs successfully intercepted a target launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll. (US Missile Defense Agency)

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