Northrop announces nationwide team for GBSD program

By Sara Sirota  
September 16, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Northrop Grumman has identified the companies included in its nationwide team as part of its proposal to develop the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

The team includes Aerojet Rocketdyne, BRPH, Clark Construction, Collins Aerospace, General Dynamics, Honeywell, L3Harris, Lockheed Martin, Parsons, Textron Systems and hundreds of other companies, according to a Northrop press release.

"Northrop Grumman has assembled a nationwide team of partners from across the defense, construction and engineering industries -- rich in ICBM missile systems expertise -- that is ready now to design, build and deliver a modernized strategic deterrence capability for our nation and its allies," Greg Manuel, Northrop vice president and GBSD enterprise leader, said in the notice.

Boeing, the other prime contractor in the program's ongoing technology-maturation and risk-reduction phase, announced on Friday that Northrop rejected its proposal to form a partnership, attributing its decision to a desire to preserve the team it prepared for competition. Boeing informed the Air Force in July it would not submit a bid to be the prime contractor for engineering and manufacturing development.

GBSD will replace the legacy Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system starting in the late 2020s.