US receives first flight software for next-generation missile interceptor

Aerospace company Lockheed Martin has delivered the first flight package for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) at the US Department of Defense.

The technology enhances the defense and security of the United States against intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) threats.

“Our engineering team delivered this robust capability to our customer more than a month ago using Lockheed Martin’s NGI Software Factory,” the VP said. Sarah Reeves said. “The software factory improves reliability and enables faster development time in the future.”

After the first release of the software, Lockheed is now expected to begin flight testing and commissioning of the NGI.

Lockheed Martin employees working on the Processor-in-the-loop test bed for Next Generation Interceptor (NGI). Photo by: Lockheed Martin

“Modern and infallible weapon system”

The NGI features Lockheed’s advanced hit-to-kill technology that can identify an enemy missile launch, locate its target, calculate its route, launch an interceptor, and then guide it to destroy the incoming missile through the air.

The modern defense system has increased its reliability through continuous automated testing of software, consisting of software development tools, process workflows, scripts, and environments.

“NGI is a first line of defense, end-to-end interceptor development within the Missile Defense Agency’s Mid-Range Ground Defense System,” the company said.

The first Lockheed Martin NGI is expected to be delivered in 2027.