FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Feb. 25, 2020 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has added Bechtel and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions to its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) nationwide team. Together, this expanded team is investing in the people and facilities necessary to be ready, day-one, if awarded the GBSD engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase.

GBSD is a vital U.S. Air Force program designed to modernize our nation’s aging force of inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM), the land-leg of the nuclear triad.

As part of the Northrop Grumman GBSD nationwide team, Bechtel will provide launch system design, construction and integration, and Kratos will provide other vehicle transporters including the missile transporters and payload transporter.

“We are on a path toward day-one readiness, bolstered by the addition of Bechtel and Kratos, and our team’s commitment to invest now in people and facilities in order to meet the Air Force schedule of fielding GBSD in 2029,” said Greg Manuel, vice president, GBSD enterprise, Northrop Grumman. “Together, this expanded team has the capacity, capability and credentials needed to deliver – on time – a safe, secure, reliable and effective nuclear deterrent capability for the U.S. and its allies for the next 50 years.”

Northrop Grumman announced its GBSD nationwide team in September 2019, comprised of hundreds of small, medium and large companies from across the defense, construction and engineering industries. If awarded EMD, the Northrop Grumman GBSD program will involve more than 10,000 people across the United States directly working on this critical national security program.

In August of last year, Northrop Grumman broke ground on a new facility, near Hill Air Force Base, to serve as a future headquarters for its workforce and nationwide team, with the opportunity to add thousands of jobs in the state of Utah. 

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Bechtel serves the infrastructure; nuclear, security and environmental; oil, gas and chemicals; and mining and metals markets. The company delivered silos and launch infrastructure for the U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense program and launch infrastructure for NASA.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for U.S. national security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises. Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems, and next generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development.

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.