NGI. Northrop Grumman said it recently started fabricating “integral throat entrances” for the Missile Defense Agency’s Next Generation Interceptor solid rocket motors. The company said on June 16 that this marked the beginning of manufacturing of key components for the NGI program. These ...

New Joint Venture. Germany’s Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) said on June 8 they have established a new joint venture in Lithuania aimed at providing comprehensive logistical support for Lithuanian armed forces’ combat vehicles as well as those of NATO nations also stationed in the ...

The Navy accepted the next Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)-104 on June 9. Acceptance came after the vessel finished Acceptance Trials with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) to test the craft’s readiness and capability and also validate its ...

General Dynamic’s [GE] Electric Boat held a keel laying ceremony for the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine on June 4, named the future USS District of Columbia (SSBN-826). During a keel laying, an engraving plate is welded with the boat sponsor’s initials, marking the ceremonial ...