Northrop and Boeing have entered into a partnership to pursue the competitive contract for the US Missile Defense Agency (mda) objective simulation framework (OSF) programme.

Northrop Air and Missile Defense Systems vice-president Karen Williams said the MDA required modelling and simulation to efficiently validate ballistic missile defence system (BMDS) performance.

“The strategic partnership will allow us to bring our combined strengths, synergies and focus to this critical MDA programme,” she said.

MDA will award the OSF as an indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract with an estimated value of $850m in May 2011.

The BMDS is a complex system of sensors, interceptors and a command and control, battle management and communications network.