Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-operate on developing missile defence systems, focusing specifically on modelling and simulation.
This announcement follows the signing of a framework MOU on June 12, 2003, between the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defence to develop bilateral co-operation on missile defence.
The first immediate result of that accord was the July 18, 2003, launch of the UK Missile Defence Centre (MDC), a joint UK government and industry initiative set up as a focus for British and US co-operation on missile defence.
The two companies will establish a business-to-business framework for interaction between the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Joint National Integration Center and BAE Systems’ Battlespace Management Evaluation Centre (BMEC). The BMEC facility is to be used within the MDC to evaluate, among other things, options for defending the UK.
‘Northrop Grumman’s and BAE Systems’ combined strength in missile defence, in-depth technical knowledge, and sensitivity to global issues, ensures our governments will receive the best possible solutions to the integration and interoperability challenges inherent in a missile defence system,’ said Donald C. Winter, Northrop Grumman vice president and lead executive for missile defence.
‘We believe that this early co-operation between BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman can help to catalyse an approach to missile defence at the industry level,’ commented Mike Rouse, group marketing director for BAE Systems.
Rouse added: ‘By working together to provide a bridge between US and UK analytical capabilities, we aim to facilitate a better understanding of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System.
‘This will help inform decision makers on missile defence in both countries, while at the same time creating a Trans-Atlantic collaborative environment in preparation for further UK industrial involvement.’