NGI will track and destroy a new array of enemy missile threats. The system will accomplish this by using advanced technologies and algorithms to approach and discern the threat, release kill vehicles and command them to intercept before the threat re-enters the atmosphere.
The Northrop Grumman and Raytheon team bring over 60 years of flight-proven missile defense experience including ground systems, battle management, command and control, interceptor boost vehicle and kill vehicle and systems integration to the NGI program. Along with this market-leading expertise, the joint NGI team is using innovative technologies, agile processes and operating facilities, like the space factory, to deliver an NGI capability that ensures mission success.
One of a kind
So far, the space factory has contributed to more than 50 successful tests of Raytheon capabilities in space. The facility is widely recognized as unique and, in visits to the facility, Department of Defense personnel have identified it as a critical infrastructure and national asset for the protection of the U.S. and its allies.
Michaud attributes that status not only to the factory’s extremely clean environment but also to “its patented technologies and processes to support its manufacturing of sensitive optics, sensors and interceptors.”
Michaud also credits the deep well of expertise and experience among its technicians and engineers, especially in terms of space application hardware and interceptor technology.