NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Boeing is asking the Air Force to compel Northrop Grumman to include Boeing it its bid for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to design the nation’s future intercontinental ballistic missile system.
Northrop Grumman and Boeing were expected to compete head to head to be GBSD prime contractors but Boeing decided in July it would not submit a proposal because of Northrop’s overwhelming advantage as the nation’s largest manufacturer of solid rocket motors.
Immediately after notifying the Air Force it would not bid, Boeing went to Northrop with a proposal to join forces and submit a proposal with Northrop as the prime and Boeing as a principal subcontractor.
Northrop Grumman hasn’t been willing to pursue that, Frank McCall, vice president of Boeing Strategic Deterrence Systems, told SpaceNews on Tuesday at the Air Force Association’s Air Space & Cyber symposium.
“We talked to them immediately after we sent our no-bid letter in July. They considered it for about a month and then told us ‘no thanks,’” McCall said.
Now Boeing is asking the government to force a teaming arrangement, arguing that an “integrated team would give them a better weapon system sooner,” McCall said. “The government really ...