Northrop Grumman has been selected to set up a satellite system to track advanced missile threats under Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) program.
“Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected as one of four Other Transaction Authority awards for the Phase IIa Prototype Payload Design and Signal-chain Processing Demonstration of the MDA’s HBTSS program,” Northrop said in a statement Monday.
“HBTSS is an important undertaking that allows us to see advanced threats like hypersonic missiles in ways we haven’t been able to before. If you can see the threats, you can take them out,” said Kenneth Todorov, vice president, Missile Defense Solutions, Northrop Grumman.
The 12-month HBTSS Phase IIa will demonstrate the payload design for a proposed satellite constellation to detect and track hypersonic and advanced missile threats. Phase IIa retires technical risk through the demonstration of critical technologies required to track advanced weapons like hypersonic missiles from space.
The company is building Phase IIa upon the concepts developed in Phase I.