Kenn Todorov, Northrop's vice president of missile defense solutions, and Joanna Cangianelli, business development head of the company's missile defense and counter-hypersonics operations, said that Northrop will first work on developing a space-based sensor layer.
Other focus areas that will follow include kinetic interceptors and non-kinetic technologies that span cyber, directed energy and electronic warfare platforms.
The last tier covers command-and-control systems designed to operate future hypersonic offerings.
According to the two executives, Northrop's acquisition of Orbital ATK has led to significant developments in certain hypersonics-related capabilities.
They declined to provide further technical information on non-kinetic technologies due to competitive reasons.