In a team effort, Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. submitted their final proposal for future work developing the ground-based midcourse defense component of the U.S.’s Ballistic Missile Defense System.
The team has worked for more than a year to prepare the proposal, which includes an overview of past performance and outlines future program support. Boeing will lead the team in development, testing and integration of the GMD system. The company has been the prime contractor of the GMD system since 2001.
According to Boeing, the GMD was designed to defend the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile threats. The system works by providing early detection of ballistic attacks and in response, deploys strategic interceptors to eliminate the threats by implementing what Boeing calls “hit-to-kill technology,” to destroy incoming missiles and their warheads before reaching their targets.
“We stand ready to execute immediately upon contract award with the world-class team that designed, developed and currently supports this national security capability,” the companies wrote in a joint statement.
A U.S. non-nuclear missile defense system was originally conceived by the Reagan administration in 1983, called the Strategic Defense Initiative program. In 1994, the program was renamed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, and in 2002, renamed again as the Missile Defense Agency.