Northrop Grumman opens new Huntsville facility for next-gen missile work

Falls Church, Virginia-based Northrop Grumman is adding approximately 500 jobs, with hiring already under way, as part of its growth plans in Huntsville. The company now has more than 2,000 employees in Alabama supporting numerous Department of Defense and NASA missions.

“I’m thrilled that Northrop Grumman will be building on its already large presence in Huntsville while also advancing a strategic national defense priority,” Governor Kay Ivey said.

“By selecting Alabama’s ‘Rocket City,’ Northrop Grumman has picked the ideal location to carry out this important national security mission, and the company’s growth plans represent welcome news for Huntsville and for all of the state.”


The Air Force’s GDSB program seeks to modernize the land-based leg of the nation’s strategic nuclear triad. Northrop Grumman was awarded the prime contract for GBSD in September 2020 and is leading a nationwide team to develop the system and deliver an initial operational capability by 2029.

“Huntsville is deeply rooted and invested in the security of our nation, and for decades has been at the forefront of safeguarding U.S. interests around the world,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“This makes Huntsville — with a NASA ecosystem known for rocket propulsion innovation and technology — a natural fit for Northrop Grumman’s expanding work on the nation’s next-generation ICBM system. For this reason, I know this mission will be a success.”

In addition to GBSD, key Northrop Grumman programs in Huntsville include the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) and the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) programs, the Army’s Integrated Battle Command and Control System (IBCS), as well as hardware integration and test support for NASA missions.

For more information about joining the Northrop Grumman GBSD program team, click here.

Northrop Grumman also supports numerous STEM organizations including Alabama School for Cyber Technology and Engineering, U.S Space and Rocket Center, CyberPatriot, and Madison County Schools WiFi Business Program.

“Northrop Grumman is a valued partner in Huntsville’s preeminent role in the defense of our nation and armed forces across the globe,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said.

“They are another great example of our community’s ability to deliver great expertise in aerospace, rockets, propulsion and defense.”

For more information about Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, click here.

“We look forward to continuing our strong community partnerships and delivering 21st century innovation for our customer missions,” Northrop Grumman’s Manuel added.


Northrop Grumman’s investment into this part of Cummings Research Park — which is set to mark its 60th anniversary in 2022 — is another example of the revitalization taking place within CRP East, the oldest part of the campus. The 2016 CRP Master Plan indicated that this area of the park was ripe for redevelopment.

“In the short five years since the master plan, redevelopment and reinvestment like Northrop Grumman’s into the 110 Wynn Drive facility, as well as the new permanent campus of the Alabama School for Cyber Engineering and Technology, the MidCity amphitheater and more projects in the planning stages are reshaping CRP East into a more vibrant and active part of Cummings Research Park,” said Erin Koshut, the park’s executive director.

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