March 31, 2023

Northrop Grumman Successfully Conducts First Full-Scale Test Fire of Sentinel Rocket Motor

Promontory, Utah – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has successfully conducted its first full-scale static test fire of the Sentinel stage-one solid rocket motor at the company’s test facility in Promontory. The test is a significant milestone for the Sentinel team, as it further proves their design approach and gives them confidence to move to the next stage of testing.

The motor fired for the anticipated duration and met performance parameters and objectives within expected ranges. This successful test highlights the advances made in digital engineering and gives the team confidence in their ability to translate that into hardware build and test as they continue to make progress on the path to flight testing.

Sarah Willoughby, Vice President of Sentinel at Northrop Grumman, said, “The results allow us to validate and anchor our stage-one motor performance before entering the next phase of testing. We are excited to continue our progress towards flight testing and eventual deployment of the Sentinel system.”

The Sentinel system is a missile defense program designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks. The system is being developed by Northrop Grumman in partnership with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

The successful test is a significant step forward for the Sentinel program and demonstrates Northrop Grumman’s commitment to advancing missile defense technology. The company is a leader in the defense industry and has a long history of developing innovative solutions to protect the United States and its allies.

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