Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected by Northrop Grumman to be an integral part of its nationwide Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) team.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has invested in propulsion technology, manufacturing affordability and facility modernization to support the vital GBSD program.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s new Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Huntsville, Alabama, and our nearly completed Engineering, Manufacturing & Development facility in Camden, Arkansas, are designed to provide large solid rocket motors for GBSD and other programs more quickly and at less cost. We have also invested in precision post-boost propulsion technology at our Canoga Park, California, facility.


Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to support both the Northrop Grumman and Boeing teams for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the GBSD program. During the 3-year TMRR phase, we will evaluate multiple solid rocket motor and post-boost propulsion system options in order to provide cost effective designs that meet specific missile configurations.

Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion system has powered every U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) ever fielded. Aerojet Rocketdyne has invested to provide advanced and affordable propulsion solutions for GBSD and other future national security requirements. Our key leadership personnel and senior technical staff are drawn from a broad talent base with direct contributions in developing 12 new medium-to-large tactical, commercial and strategic solid rocket motors since 2005 and 4 new post-boost propulsion systems for use in missile defense applications. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s designs maximize use of affordable, high technical maturity components and design-for-affordability experience from numerous research & development and production programs.

Through our Competitive Improvement Program which is aimed at reducing costs and increasing operational efficiency, Aerojet Rocketdyne has taken the steps necessary to drive cost efficiencies into our future operations. These improvements, coupled with over 75 years of strategic missile propulsion manufacturing experience, provide the United States with a low risk provider for solid rocket motors and post-boost propulsion systems for GBSD.