Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected by Northrop Grumman to be an integral part of its nationwide Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) team.
Northrop Grumman’s team, if selected by the Department of Defense, plans to deliver a modernized Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capability for the U.S. Air Force.
Aerojet Rocketdyne said it has has invested in propulsion technology, manufacturing affordability and facility modernization to support the GBSD program.
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s new Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Huntsville, AL, and its nearly completed Engineering, Manufacturing & Development facility in Camden, are designed to provide large solid rocket motors for GBSD and other programs more quickly and at less cost.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has also invested in precision post-boost propulsion technology at its Canoga Park, CA, facility.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is supporting both the Northrop Grumman team for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the GBSD program. During the 3-year TMRR phase, the team will evaluate multiple solid rocket motor and post-boost propulsion system options in order to provide cost effective designs that meet specific missile configurations.
Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion system has powered every U.S. ICBM ever fielded. Aerojet Rocketdyne has invested to provide advanced and affordable propulsion solutions for GBSD and other future national security requirements.
In July 2016, the U.S. Air Force released a request for proposals for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program. The GBSD program is focused on developing and delivering an integrated weapon system that includes launch and command and control segments to replace the existing fleet of LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Deployment is projected to begin in the late 2020s.
Aerojet Rocketdyne was the original equipment manufacturer for boost stage two and three solid rocket motors (SRM) and the post-boost propulsion system on the Minuteman III program. Aerojet Rocketdyne completed the most recent life extension effort for the Minuteman III post boost control system in 2014, and continues to provide sustaining engineering support to the U.S. Air Force.
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