Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

Patriot Fire Unit
Photo: Raytheon

State Department Approves $3.2 Billion Sale Of Patriot System To Sweden

The State Department approved a possible $3.2 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Sweden of four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units on Feb. 20. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered a required certification to Congress on Tuesday. Sweden requested four Patriot Confoguration-3+ Modernized Fire Units including four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement control […]

An Arrow-3 interceptor is launched in central Israel for a flight test. (Photo: Israel Ministry of Defense)

U.S. and Israel Complete Flight Test Of Arrow-3 Missile Defense System

This article has been updated for clarity. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Monday, the agency said Feb. 19. Arrow-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The test had an Arrow-3 interceptor launched “and completed […]


MDA Budget Request Increases $2 Billion From Last Year

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting $9.9 billion in the FY ’19 budget request, which is an increase of about $2 billion over the FY ’18 request. An MDA official confirmed this request continues missile defense acceleration that began in the 2017 Above Threshold Reprogramming (ATR) and the FY ‘18 Missile Defeat and Defense […]

Launch of PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptor. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Wins $524 Million Contract For More Patriot Missile Interceptors

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $524 million modification Tuesday to a domestic and foreign military sales (FMS) contract for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles. The modification covers PAC-3 missiles, cost reduction initiative (CRI) missiles, launcher modification kits, and associated ground support equipment for the U.S., Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and […]

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile, part of the Patriot air defense capability. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Raytheon Wins $2.3 Billion Army Contract For International Patriot Upgrades And Refresh

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $2.3 billion contract on Tuesday for engineering services to support the Patriot missile defense systems to support software and refresh obsolescence in both U.S. and partner international systems. This hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and level-of-effort contract will divide work locations and funding based on individual orders. The total work […]

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.

Boeing Wins $6.56 Billion MDA Contract To Continue As GMD Prime Integrator

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Boeing [BA] a $6.56 billion modification to a previous contract to extend its development and sustainment contract (DSC) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense program, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The DSC covers development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training, and […]

Aegis BMD
Photo: Missile Defense Agency

Report: Navy Dragged Feet On Unmanned Aegis Test Ship

A new report by the Defense Department’s top weapons tester shows the Navy appeared to drag its feet when planning for an unmanned Aegis self-defense test ship (SDTS), requiring direction by the office of the Secretary of Defense. The new 2017 annual report by the Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) said […]

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

Lockheed Martin Wins $459 Million Contract For More THAAD Interceptors

This article has been updated to reflect industry comments. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $459 million modification on Friday to produce additional Lot 10 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors. The modification exercises an option on a previously-awarded contract for these additional interceptors and provide associated production support efforts […]

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile, part of the Patriot air defense capability. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Officials: Hypervelocity Weapon Transitioning To Services This Year; New Army Missile Defense Strategy To Be Finished This Summer

The Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) expects to start transitioning the hypervelocity gun weapon system (HGWS) to the services over the next year, an official said last Thursday. Vincent Sabio, program manager for the HGWS program at SCO, said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event that the office is aiming […]