Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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NDAA Makes Missile Defense Policy Changes

The fiscal year 2018 defense bill passed by both Houses of Congress authorizes numerous changes and directives to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including studies to expand missile defense fields. The conference-agreed FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes $12.3 billion in spending for the MDA, $4.4 billion over the administration’s request. It boosts […]

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Lockheed Martin And MDA Finish LRDR Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have finished the critical design review (CDR) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), validating the radar is ready to move into the fabrication, demonstration, and test phase, the company said Thursday. The CDR took place on Sept. 28 and is the second of three design […]

Patriot air defense units are popular Foreign Military Sales (FMS) items. Photo: Raytheon.

Sweden Chooses Patriot To Upgrade Air And Missile Defenses

The Swedish government has decided to start negotiations on procuring Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system for upward of $1.2 billion, the government said Tuesday. The Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) and Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have been evaluating medium-range surface-to-air defense systems for Sweden since the parliament concluded a 2015 defense framework […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels. The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through […]

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MDA Awards Raytheon $1.5 Billion To Support AN/TPY-2 and SBX Radars

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $1.5 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity follow-on contract to support the Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Model 2 (AN/TPY-2) and Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radars, the Defense Department said last Friday. The AN/TPY-2, built by Raytheon, is used for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems to […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Foreign Minister: South Korea Not Considering Additional THAADs

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday that the administration of President Moon Jae-in is not considering additional deployments of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, according to Korean press reports. Kang disclosed this policy decision in a statement to the legislature during a parliamentary audit of the ministry. This […]

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MDA Awards $10 Million Contract Mod To MTSI For Improved Missile Defense Modeling Tools

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) a $10 million modification last Monday to increase a contract ceiling under an effort to develop models of new interceptor and sensor concepts for missile defense development. The modification raises the value of a 2014 contract to almost $35.5 million. The work aims to […]

The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) fires an SM-6 Block IB missiles during Formidable Shield 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy And NATO Forces Conduct Air And Missile Defense Exercises Off Scotland

U.S. and NATO forces conducted a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise involving a ballistic missile and three anti-ship cruise missile targets during the Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17) exercise on Sunday. During a collective self-defense scenario, the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range […]

A THAAD interceptor is launched from Kodiak, Alaska during Flight Experiment THAAD (FET)-01 on July 30, 2017. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

State Department Approves $15 Billion THAAD Sale To Saudi Arabia

The State Department approved a possible $15 billion sale of a Lockheed Martin [LMT] Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said last Friday. DSCA notified Congress of the sale on the same day. Saudi Arabia requested 44 THAAD launchers, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 […]

AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. Photo: Raytheon.

Navy Conducts Third Successful AMDR Test

The Navy last week said it successfully conducted a third air and ballistic missile defense flight test set with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) on Thursday off the west coast of Hawaii. This test, called Vigilant Talon, started when a short-range ballistic missile target and multiple air-to-surface cruise missile targets were launched […]