Northrop Grumman Corp. received a Pentagon contract to develop the Stand-in Attack Weapon missile system.
The $2 million contract is for three months and includes follow-up options. Northrop is one of three defense companies competing on the missile system, which will be launched from an F-35A aircraft.
Work on the missile system, abbreviated as SiAW, will be carried out at the aerospace and defense contractor’s Northridge facility, based in West Falls Church, Virginia.
Mary Petryszyn, president of Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, said the company has a proven track record of developing and rapidly delivering long-range, high-performance, and resilient weapons.
“We continue to advance our offering to stay ahead of threats and help ensure that our mission capability will be technologically mature, tested and affordable,” Petryszyn said in a statement.
Northrop Grumman has invested in testing its missile design, which meets US Air Force requirements for SiAW and other programs. Leveraging its in-house digital engineering capabilities, Northrop Grumman is completing launch preparations for its missile this year, the company said in a statement.
The Northrop SiAW missile system utilizes the engineering and development and integration work of manufacturing and integrating the Navy’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile System on the F-35 aircraft. Work on the AARGM-ER is also carried out at Northridge.