Northrop Grumman has received a $171 million contract from the U.S. Navy to continue production on its advanced anti-radiation guided missile system.
Produced at the Northridge facility of the Falls Church, Va.-based defense and aerospace firm, the guided missile is a supersonic, air-launched weapon that can rapidly engage traditional and advanced land- and sea-launched threats. It is used on the Navy’s Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler aircraft and the Italian Air Force’s Tornado aircraft.
The missile system had previously been made by Orbital ATK Inc., which Northrop acquired earlier this year.
Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of defense electronic systems at Northrop Grumman, said that the missile system was a game changer.
“The rapid proliferation of today’s threats requires the most advanced solution to detect and defeat surface-to-air-threats and protect our nation and allies,” Ralston said in a statement.