Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Chandler, Arizona, is being awarded one of two competitive cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-plus-incentive-fee contracts. The total value of this contract is $3,932,649,057 (base: $2,629,667,873; options: $1,302,981,184) if funded through the full base period. The initial program funding limitation for both contracts combined is $1,600,000,000 through fiscal 2022. In alignment with the Department of Defense’s current missile defense strategy, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. will perform technology development and risk reduction of the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) All-Up-Round capable of surviving natural and hostile environments while countering emerging threats. Allowing a technology development phase will help ensure that the NGI is an efficient and effective part of an integrated Missile Defense System solution by permitting the department to further analyze requirements and make necessary adjustments in preparation for the product development phase. The work will be performed in Chandler, Arizona; and Huntsville, Alabama. The performance period is from March 2021 through May 2026. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the government-wide Point of Entry website with three proposals received. Fiscal 2021 research and development funds in the amount of $291,930,500 are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ085621C0003).

Said the company in a release:

“We are honored to be selected by the MDA as prime contractor to develop the NGI system to protect our nation from advanced missile attacks,” said Scott Lehr, vice president and general manager, launch and missile defense, Northrop Grumman. “There is a critical timeline for fielding this capability and our team brings together the industry’s top missile defense talent, agile design and manufacturing practices, and state-of-the-art operational factories to support the MDA and our nation’s defense against these evolving threats.”

Lockheed Martin Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded one of two competitive cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-plus-incentive-fee contracts. The total value of this contract is $3,693,205,221 (base: $2,447,168,225; options: $1,246,036,996) if funded through the full base period. The initial program funding limitation for both contracts combined is $1,600,000,000 through fiscal 2022. In alignment with the Department of Defense’s current missile defense strategy, Lockheed Martin Corp. will perform technology development and risk reduction of the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) All-Up-Round capable of surviving natural and hostile environments while countering emerging threats. Allowing a technology development phase will help ensure that the NGI is an efficient and effective part of an integrated Missile Defense System solution by permitting the department to further analyze requirements and make necessary adjustments in preparation for the product development phase. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; and Sunnyvale, California. The performance period is from March 2021 through August 2025. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the government-wide Point of Entry website with three proposals received. Fiscal 2021 research and development funds in the amount of $291,930,500 are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ085621C0001).

Said the company in a release:

“We are excited and proud the MDA entrusted Lockheed Martin to lead the development of this game-changing system that will greatly improve our nation’s security for decades to come,” said Sarah Reeves, vice president of Next Generation Interceptor Program at Lockheed Martin. “We have been working toward supporting never-fail missions such as NGI for decades, and our team has the expertise and shared vision required to deliver on the MDA’s need to evolve GMD.”