In the shadowy depths where the brass calls the shots, and the stakes are nothing short of doomsday, Northrop Grumman’s cooked up something that’s got the Pentagon’s corridors buzzing.

It’s the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) – not your granddaddy’s missile defense, but a lean, mean, ICBM-thwarting machine.

This beast just cleared its All-Up Round Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and not just on time – but a whole year ahead of the clock.

That’s not just beating the drum; it’s setting the pace.

A Stakes-Raising Partnership: Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin

Back in ’21, when the world was a different kind of madhouse, the Department of Defense tossed a hefty $1.6 billion on the table, kicking off this high-stakes game.

Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, not the types to shy away from a challenge, grabbed the gauntlet.

The mission? Forge a defense so sharp it could slice through the threats of intercontinental ballistic missiles like a hot knife through butter.