TOKYO, Japan – March 15, 2023 – IHI Corporation and Northrop Grumman signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at DSEI Japan to work toward developing small, highly maneuverable satellites and other solutions for missions such as Space Domain Awareness (SDA) for Japan.

Northrop Grumman and IHI Sign MOU to Collaborate on Small Maneuverable Satellites for Japan
(from left): Manabu Mannami, Director General, Department of Equipment Policy, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency, Japan Ministry of Defense; Fumiharu Namiki, Vice President of Aero Engine, Space & Defense Business Area of IHI Corporation; Troy Brashear, Vice President, National Security Systems, Northrop Grumman Space Systems; Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, at DSEI Japan (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

Japan’s National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy of December 2022 called for strengthened SDA to ensure sustainable economic activity and national security. To help address this need, IHI and Northrop Grumman have agreed to jointly collaborate on opportunities to provide small, highly maneuverable satellites to enhance awareness in an increasingly contested Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) environment. This MOU builds on a long history of business partnership between IHI and Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman has a history of delivering ground and space products to monitor the space environment and aid in the detection, identification, and characterization of space objects. Northrop Grumman is a leader in rendezvous and proximity operations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and GEO providing customers with critical logistics, servicing, and inspection capabilities across a wide variety of mission domains.

“This collaboration combines IHI’s long heritage in Japan’s space business with Northrop Grumman’s unparalleled experience in SDA,” said Troy Brashear, vice president, national security systems, Northrop Grumman Space Systems. “We will rapidly work together towards an affordable and effective SDA solution for Japan.”

For over a decade, IHI has provided space situational awareness data services for the safe operation of satellites. In recent years, IHI has invested attention to the movement of satellites in GEO.

 “Northrop Grumman’s demonstrated experience in this field and the long-standing cooperation between our companies makes them our best partner to pursue solutions to these problems. We will cooperate together to contribute to the stable use of space,” said Fumiharu Namiki, Vice President, Aero Engine, Space & Defense Business Area, IHI Corporation and concurrently President of IHI Aerospace.

About IHI Corporation

IHI Corporation is a major comprehensive heavy-industry manufacturer of Japan, tracing its roots to Japan’s first modern shipbuilding facility established in 1853. It has expanded its business ever since, in recent years providing wide-ranging solutions in the four main areas of Resource, Energy and Environment; Social Infrastructure and Offshore Facilities; Industrial Systems and General-purpose Machinery; and Aero Engine, Space and Defense. In the field of satellites, IHI Aerospace provides propulsion systems and devices, while Meisei Electric provides sensors for space companies and organizations such as JAXA. IHI has also worked recently to solve its customers’ problems by engaging in business using satellite information and data.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global aerospace and defense technology company. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with the capabilities they need to connect and protect the world, and push the boundaries of human exploration across the universe. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 95,000 employees define possible every day.