MDA enlists Lockheed, Northrop, Raytheon for the design of OTA slip phase interceptors; Rear Adm Tom Druggan quoted

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) received other settlement agreements of the Missile Defense Agency to further develop their slip-phase interceptor design concepts for MDA’s regional hypersonic missile defense program.

MDA said on Friday that prototypes that emerge through OTAs will be integrated into the Aegis ballistic missile defense system.

“Multiple awards allow us to execute a de-risking phase to explore industry concepts and maximize the benefits of a competitive environment to demonstrate the most effective and reliable slip-phase interceptor for defense regional hypersonic as soon as possible,” said Rear Adm. Tom DrugganSea-based Weapon Systems program manager at MDA.

The agency said it expects the interceptors to be integrated with the updated Baseline 9 Aegis weapon system and fired using the Vertical Launch System aboard the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense destroyers. the US Navy.

The Department of Defense said on Friday Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed each obtained a OTA worth around $20.9 millionwhile Northrop’s OTA price is valued at $18.9 million.

The companies will each receive $8 million in research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award and will perform their work at respective sites in Arizona, Alabama, California and Pennsylvania through September 2022.

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