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    Northrop Grumman has submitted a proposal to the US Air Force to modernize the United States’ intercontinental ballistic missile system.

    Two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors are launched during a successful intercept test.
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Northrop Grumman has submitted a proposal to the US Air Force to modernize the United States’ intercontinental ballistic missile system, the defense contractor company said in a press release.

    "The ICBM system has been an effective deterrent since its inception,” Carol Erikson, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems vice president for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program, stated in Monday’s release. “Northrop Grumman has submitted a proposal leveraging our comprehensive ICBM weapons system understanding to deliver a low-risk, adaptable solution within cost and schedule.”

    According to the release, the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent is intended to replace the country’s existing ICBM system, including weapons command and control; flight, launch and ground systems; and cyber elements.

    Northrop Grumman has been the systems integrator on every US ICBM weapons system and led the recently completed ICBM Prime Integration Contract.


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