Northrop Grumman Continues Production of Launcher Subsystem Hardware

July 30, 2021 Sunnyvale, Calif. Photo(s): By Naval Sea Systems Command
Northrop Grumman is producing the launcher subsystem for a common missile compartment for the US Navy's Columbia and the Royal Navy's Dreadnought submarines.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is continuing production of Launcher Subsystem hardware in support of the Columbia and Dreadnought common missile compartment (CMC) program. The company was awarded an additional $69 million not to exceed contract modification in support of the program in March of this year.

The CMC is a joint United States and United Kingdom investment and design, and it was developed to produce a common missile compartment, representing significant cost savings for each navy's Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear (SSBN) fleet.

As the original and only designer and manufacturer for the US Navy's Strategic Systems Program's (SSP) submarine ballistic missile launch system since its inception in 1956, Northrop Grumman remains at the forefront of the technologies related to this capability.

"We are using Agile manufacturing processes to design and build launcher systems for the US Navy's Columbia and the Royal Navy's Dreadnought Class SSBNs," said Joe Mulloy, vice president, marine systems, Northrop Grumman. "Building on our legacy, sharing a common missile compartment with the UK greatly streamlines production and deepens our collective strength."