General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced on 24 September it has partnered with Boeing to pursue the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) – a key element in MDA’s missile defence system, designed to counter all types of ballistic missiles.

An effective NGI solution requires a new way of thinking supported by a proven ability to deliver pioneering solutions,” commented Scott Forney, GA-EMS President. “We [will] partner with Boeing to deliver the disruptive technologies needed to help MDA rapidly deploy an interceptor system that bolsters the nation’s missile defense network and ensures that the US, our allies, and partner nations maintain military overmatch against ever evolving threats from adversaries.”

General Atomics’ long history in complex systems makes them an ideal teammate to help us take our Next Generation Interceptor design to new heights,” added Norm Tew, Boeing Missile and Weapon Systems VP and General Manager. “We value their partnership, and ability to provide the Boeing-led offering with cutting-edge technology and proven expertise to support the warfighter’s mission.”

If selected, the Boeing and GA-EMS team plans to utilize GA-EMS’ enterprise capabilities nation-wide. “GA-EMS is a nimble, vertically integrated organization that can innovate and provide affordable technological and manufacturing solutions,” stated Nick Bucci, VP of Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS. “We have significant experience in designing missile defense technology, hypersonic weapons, space systems, and in manufacturing complex systems at scale for critical DoD programs, and ensuring we deliver products on time, that perform as required, and are right the first time. We look forward to this partnership with Boeing and supporting MDA’s mission to provide the nation with an unparalleled NGI solution.

Will the NGI be conceptually similar to existing missile intercept solutions, or will it reveal some novel, innovative approach? (Photo via Arms Control Association)

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