HUNTSVILLE, AL—Northrop Grumman Corp. has renovated and opened a manufacturing facility here to support the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program. GBSD is a program focused on modernizing the land-based leg of the nation’s strategic nuclear triad.

Northrop Grumman was awarded the prime contract for GBSD in September 2020 and is leading a nationwide team to develop the system and deliver an initial operational capability by 2029. The company’s GBSD headquarters is in Roy, Utah.

The new facility is located in a revitalized area of the historic Cummings Research Park where employees will support development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system. In total, Northrop Grumman has more than 2,000 employees currently in Alabama supporting numerous Department of Defense and NASA customer missions.

In addition to GBSD, key programs in Huntsville include the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) and the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) programs, the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), as well as hardware integration and test support for NASA missions.

Northrop Grumman also supports numerous STEM organizations, including Alabama School for Cyber Technology and Engineering, U.S Space and Rocket Center, CyberPatriot, and Madison County Schools WiFi Business Program.