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Northrop Grumman to Build Hypersonics Center of Excellence

Northrop Grumman Corporation is building a new Hypersonics Center of Excellence to support the U.S. military and its allies Atul Chandra - : Jul 14, 2021 - : 12:01 pm

Northrop Grumman Corporation is building a new Hypersonics Center of Excellence that will support the U.S. military and its allies in the fight against evolving threats.

The new Hypersonics Center of Excellence will be setup in a 60,000-square foot facility will feature state-of-the-art production technology and will implement digital engineering best practices.

The use of the latest technologies and processes will deliver increased agility and the ability to respond to changes in technology or customer mission needs quickly.

The U.S. defence contractor will offer the full lifecycle production for hypersonic weapons, from design and development to production and integration. It is making investments in digital engineering and smart infrastructure at its Elkton, Maryland facility.

“Hypersonic weapons protect our warfighters by offering higher speeds, longer ranges, optimal performance and the ability to combat a threat with as much distance in between them and the threat as possible,” said Rebecca Torzone, vice president, missile products, Northrop Grumman. “Our new hypersonics production facility will optimise our development efficiency, drive affordability, and ultimately deliver weapons to our warfighters faster.”

Northrop Grumman plans to automate case preparation and non-destructive inspection (i.e. X-Ray) technology, as well as deploy autonomous guided vehicles to improve safety and reliability.

These new offerings will also drive demand for additional technically skilled high-wage jobs, engineers and other professional roles at the Elkton facility. Construction is expected to conclude by 2023.

Northrop Grumman’s heritage in Elkton dates back to 1948. With its aerothermal research and testing facility, the Elkton campus designs and manufactures systems and controls for some of the USA’s most complex defence and space systems.

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defence and cyberspace and has over 90,000 employees.

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