Northrop Grumman to design advanced air weapon concept for US

The US Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman for the development of an advanced technology weapon concept designed to significantly increase engagement range and weapon effectiveness of US forces against adversary air threats.

Spurred by rapid technological advancements and an ever more dangerous and disruptive battlefield, DARPA’s LongShot programme will explore new lethal engagement concepts by leveraging multi-modal propulsion, weapon systems that can be operationally deployed on existing US fighters or bombers.

DARPA’s advanced aerospace systems activities use high pay-off opportunities to provide revolutionary new system capabilities, as opposed to incremental or evolutionary advancements, in order to achieve undeterrable air presence at dramatically reduced costs.

Jaime Engdahl, Programme Director, Kinetic Weapons and Emerging Capabilities, Northrop Grumman, said: “Our collaboration with DARPA is the critical first step in the development of innovative operational concepts and solutions that will enhance our warfighter’s combat capability against a rapidly growing threat.

“The LongShot programme enables us to combine our digital engineering skillset with our extensive knowledge in advanced technology weapons, autonomous systems and strike platforms to increase weapon range and effectiveness,” Engdahl added.

The LongShot programme enables Northrop Grumman to combine its expertise in weapon system design, survivability, autonomy, advanced mission systems and rapid prototyping to deliver advanced solutions that help to maintain a competitive military advantage in highly contested environments.