Boeing has entered a new partnership to pursue the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI).

The partnership includes Boeing, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Northrop Grumman will deliver necessary components if the partnership wins the contract.

MDA is seeking bids for the development of NGI that will serve as a key component of its missile defence system, which is designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles.

The contract is expected to be awarded later this year.

Boeing Missile and Weapon Systems vice-president and general manager Norm Tew said: “The Boeing-led team will deliver critical technology to enhance our homeland missile defence.

“Combined, we bring decades of expertise in proven missile and weapon systems.”

GA-EMS president Scott Forney said: “An effective NGI solution requires a new way of thinking supported by a proven ability to deliver pioneering solutions.

“We are excited to partner with Boeing to deliver the disruptive technologies needed to help MDA rapidly deploy an interceptor system that bolsters the nation’s missile defence network and ensures that the US, our allies, and partner nations maintain military overmatch against ever-evolving threats from adversaries.”

Boeing is one of the largest aerospace companies in the world. The company also provides commercial aircraft, defence, space and security systems, and related services.

Recently, Boeing delivered the first MH-47G Block II Chinook to the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The MH-47G Block II Chinook is an upgraded variant designed for heavy-lift missions.