Lockheed Martin has announced that the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has approved its Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) programme’s System Requirements Review (SRR).

The move comes around six months after the initial development and demonstration contract award.

Notably, NGI programme is conceived to protect the US from intercontinental ballistic missile attacks. The programme will deploy an advanced missile defence system that will be able to destroy any rogue missile attacks.

The SRR by MDA will enable Lockheed Martin to advance with the initial system design.

The programme aims to deploy the first interceptor in 2027.

Lockheed Martin Next Generation Interceptor programme vice-president Sarah Reeves said: “Our team has worked incredibly hard in partnership with our NGI customer team and is grateful for the opportunity to support the MDA in its mission to protect and defend the US from intercontinental ballistic missile attacks.

“We’ve invested significantly to accelerate the program to meet this national priority with increased rigor in the systems engineering expected for a capability that is critical for our collective defence.”

The company statement added that the industry team used advanced digital engineering and model-based engineering tools for a modernised approach to the SRR. These digital tools are also used within the actual NGI programme.

Lockheed Martin is a security and aerospace company with its headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, US.

In the second quarter of 2021, the company recorded net sales of $17bn, a jump of 4.94% over the same period a year ago.