Lockheed MartinThe Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program has reached a milestone, demonstrating the power of digital engineering to enhance homeland defense.
All-Up Round Preliminary Design Review (PDR) brings the US closer to a highly capable missile interceptor.
In a weekly digital review, Lockheed Martin and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) joined forces to assess the readiness of the NGI program, raising the bar for defense against long-range ballistic missile threats. This development signals a potential shift in missile defense and could change the way we perceive homeland security.
One aspect of this achievement is Lockheed Martin’s embrace of digital engineering and model-based tools, which played a role in streamlining PDR. These tools make the program more economical and ensure rapid development of the interceptor.
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This digital approach introduces early and frequent hardware and software testing, supported by laboratory demonstrations of flight-like mechanical hardware. Elements such as the program’s threat detection methodology and Lockheed Martin’s flight computer have all been validated.
The success of the PDR has solidified the design work of the Lockheed Martin NGI program, and the next step on this path is the procurement of long-life hardware to build flight test vehicles. The company is now on track for a critical design review milestone in Q3 2025, continuing to explore opportunities for schedule acceleration.
Sarah Hiza, vice president and general manager of Strategic and Missile Defense at Lockheed Martin, expressed her pride in the team’s commitment, stating, “With this added confidence in our NGI design through a weekly digital review with our client MDA, they are well on its way to providing the right solution to meet the nation’s needs.”
With this achievement, the Lockheed Martin NGI program’s accelerated timeline and advanced digital engineering tools have streamlined the development process.
As the program moves toward flight testing and initial production, the prospect of a more secure homeland against emerging ballistic missile threats moves one step closer to reality, with the first Lockheed Martin NGI expected to be delivered to the military in 2027.
Lockheed Martin will capture a 24.5% share of the North American missile and missile defense systems market, with projected revenue of $41.5 billion in 2023–33, according to GlobalData. The Global Market for Missiles and Missile Defense Systems 2023–2033 report.
Lockheed Martin reported strong financial results for the third quarter on October 17, 2023, beating expectations with $2.5 billion in free cash flow, mostly returned to shareholders. Net sales increased to $16.9 billion compared to $16.6 billion in the third quarter of 2022, while cash from operations was $2.9 billion in the third quarter of 2023.
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