Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense have partnered to bid for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) contract.

The US Department of Defense issued a request for proposal (RFP) for the NGI on 24 April this year.

The NGI programme is expected to cost nearly $11bn. Around 20 interceptors are planned to be fielded.

Testing is likely to take place between 2025 and 2026 with deployment expected for 2027-28.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems corporate vice-president and president Blake Larson said: “We have the right team, technology and expertise in place to meet our customer’s needs for enhanced capabilities, from the identification of a ballistic missile launched by an adversary, all the way to its elimination.

“Together, we will offer MDA an effective and affordable solution for defending our nation from these emerging threats.”

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Currently, the two companies are involved in the supply of the interceptor booster, kill vehicle, ground systems, fire control and engagement coordination.

These systems and support are for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system.

The companies have jointly conducted over 40 successful exoatmospheric intercepts.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense president Wes Kremer said: “The joining of true experts, with mastery from threat detection to interception, creates a team capable of developing a revolutionary solution that is designed to defeat emerging threats.”