Northrop teams with Lockheed on ICBM replacement. Here’s who else is involved.

WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman has unveiled its team to design America’s next intercontinental ballistic missile.

Technically, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, or GBSD, is still an open competition. However, Northrop stands as the only competitor. Lockheed Martin was knocked out in late 2017, and Boeing dropped out of the competition in July. Boeing claimed Northrop’s acquisition of solid-fueled rocket motor manufacturer Orbital ATK, now known as Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, gave the competitor an unfair advantage.

Boeing has since made overtures toward Northrop, arguing that a partnership involving the two companies would benefit the development of GBSD. But while there had been some speculation the Air Force might push Northrop to give Boeing, at the least, some of its workshare, Boeing on Friday announced that Northrop rejected the teaming proposal.

Northrop’s current team is broken down this way:

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne: solid-fueled rocket motor, post-boost propulsion
  • General Dynamics: command and control
  • Collins Aerospace: command and control
  • Lockheed Martin: command and control, missile payload integration
  • Textron Systems: missile payload integration
  • Parsons: engineering, procurement, construction
  • BRPH: architectural and engineering
  • Clark Construction: construction integration
  • L3Harris: training systems
  • Honeywell: guidance, missile electronics

Greg Manuel, Northrop’s GBSD lead, declined to comment on what discussions were had with Boeing. However, Manuel’s statement emphasized the “nationwide” nature of its chosen partners. more

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