Lockheed Martin has tested the communication systems of the NGI anti-ballistic missile, which will replace the GMD in intercontinental ballistic missile interception
As reported by Air Recognition, Lockheed Martin’s testing in Sunnyvale, California, demonstrated that the communication system of the NGI anti-ballistic missile, which will replace the GMD in intercontinental ballistic missile interception, can operate in the harsh conditions it may encounter during flight. The tested communication technology is important in ensuring that interceptor missiles can respond to complex threats.
“Early communications technologies like this allow us to evolve and manage risks as we move forward. This phase continues the NGI team’s principle of early and frequent testing of critical technologies in our digital system design as we progress in line with our Developmental Assessment framework.” said Sarah Reeves, vice president and program manager, Lockheed Martin NGI Program. Lockheed Martin announced in 2020 that it is working on a new ballistic missile interceptor system.
Lockheed Martin’s NGI program was born digitally using digital tools before contract, thanks to agile development throughout the design and development phase. The NGI team enabled the design to evolve faster by providing hardware platforms in weeks rather than months to develop software-defined radio with support for rapid prototyping.