Raytheon and Northrop to continue slip-phase interceptor work under MDA contract options

Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:RTX) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) have received contract amendments worth at least $41 million each from the Missile Defense Agency to further develop their Slip phase interceptor designs for MDA’s regional hypersonic missile defense program.

MDA has exercised options on other transaction agreements awarded in November 2021 to build GPI prototypes and the Department of Defense said on Friday that the contractors would continue to develop their designs through a review of system requirements – prototype.

The change attributed to Raytheon’s missile and defense business brings the total value of the OTA to approximately $62.4 million, while the possibility of contract awarded to Northrop brings the total amount of the agreement to approximately $60.3 million.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop will each receive $36.9 million in research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award and will perform work at their respective sites in Arizona, Alabama, California and Massachusetts through 15 February 2023.

The GPI is meant to provide the United States and its allies with an additional layer of defense against regional hypersonic missile threats by intercepting hypersonic weapons during the hover phase. MDA expects the interceptors to be integrated with the updated Baseline 9 Aegis weapon system and fired using the vertical launch system aboard the Navy’s Aegis ballistic missile defense destroyers.

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