Northrop Grumman opens Missile Defense Futures Laboratory


Northrop Grumman has opened a new test and development center for missile defense systems, the Missile Defense Futures Laboratory in Huntsville, Alabama.

Engineers at the Missile Defense Futures Laboratory (MDFL) will develop, test and field integrated missile defense systems using modeling, simulation and visualization capabilities.

The MDFL features custom-built servers and the capability to process and relay data from missile detecting satellites and ground stations to support missile defense systems engineers with research, modeling and simulation. The facility will also develop tracking software to respond to nuclear and other threats.

Lisa Brown, vice president of missile defense solutions, Northrop Grumman said, “Partnering with our customers, Northrop Grumman is leading the way as the defense industry undergoes digital transformation,. With speed and agility we can securely meet with teams across the country, start designing a product, share it with the customer and receive feedback in real-time, reducing the length of our product roadmap dramatically.”

The flagship location is in Huntsville, but the MDFL is comprised of distributed facilities in Boulder, Colorado; Chandler, Arizona; Colorado Springs, Colorado; McLean, Virginia; Morrisville, North Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland.

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