Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., acting through its Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector in Elkton, Maryland, is being awarded a $7,871,015 modification (P00009) to previously awarded contract HQ0860-21-C-0003 to exercise an option. The value of this contract is increased from $6,743,960 to $14,614,975. Under this modification, the contractor will mature their axial upper stage design and fabricate, characterize the subassemblies, and conduct a heavyweight motor hot fire test. The work will be performed in Elkton, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of May 2023. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,000,000 are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.