Northrup Grumman opens hypersonic missile propulsion production center at Elkton site


Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a Hypersonics Capability Center near Elkton, MD to produce advanced propulsion solutions that can power hypersonic missiles beyond Mach 5 (3,800 miles an hour).


  • A factory of the future, the HCC establishes the infrastructure and capacity necessary to cost-effectively produce hypersonic propulsion at scale, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense’s demands for long-range, rapid-response weapons.
  • The HCC is the first U.S. facility designed specifically for large-scale manufacturing of air-breathing propulsion.
  • The facility will support the U.S. Air Force’s Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile development and production and has the capacity to support future hypersonic systems work from across DoD. 
  • The HCC features the latest technology, implements digital engineering, and consolidates engine manufacturing processes, supporting cost reduction and increased production.

Jim Kalberer, vice president of missile products at Northrop Grumman, stated: “This is a pivotal moment for hypersonics weapons; we have moved beyond building and demonstrating propulsion prototypes to large-scale manufacturing. Our proactive investment in this facility establishes the supply chain and optimizes manufacturing processes to produce hypersonic systems affordably at scale.” 

Kevin Anderson, Maryland Commerce Secretary stated: “Having Northrop Grumman expand its footprint in Maryland is a testament to our state’s thriving aerospace and defense industry. With the addition of this new facility, Cecil County is gaining a first-of-its-kind manufacturing center, as well as a significant number of new jobs. We are incredibly grateful to Northrop Grumman for its continued investment in Maryland.”

The Elkton site has been involved in missile development and manufacturing under various owners since the 1940s and has employed Delaware residents in technical and production positions.


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