Northrop Grumman Builds Hypersonic Center of Excellence to Support National Security

Facility to support full lifecycle production from design to integration

July 13, 2021 Photo(s): By Northrop Grumman Baltimore
Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new engineering and hypersonic production facility at Elkton that will support full lifecycle production for hypersonic weapons.

“Hypersonic weapons protect our warfighters by offering higher speeds, longer ranges, optimal performance and the ability to combat a threat with as much distance in between them and the threat as possible,” said Rebecca Torzone, vice president, missile products, Northrop Grumman. “Our new hypersonics production facility will optimize our development efficiency, drive affordability, and ultimately deliver weapons to our warfighters faster.”

The new 60,000-square foot facility will feature state-of-the-art production technology and will implement digital engineering best practices that will result in increased agility and the ability to respond to changes in technology or customer mission needs quickly.

Northrop Grumman plans to automate case preparation and non-destructive inspection (i.e. X-Ray) technology, as well as deploy autonomous guided vehicles to improve safety and reliability. These new offerings will also drive demand for additional technically skilled high-wage jobs, engineers and other professional roles at the Elkton facility. Construction is expected to conclude by 2023.

Northrop Grumman’s heritage in Elkton dates back to 1948. With its aerothermal research and testing facility, our Elkton campus designs and manufactures systems and controls for some of the nation’s most complex defense and space systems.