Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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 […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Thornberry Predicts CR But More Money For Missile Defense

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he thinks Congress will pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December and could add additional money for missile defense and readiness. Thornberry expects the three-month long CR to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 but […]

An SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptor is launched from the USS John Paul Jones in a Feb. 2017 test called SFTM-1. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Raytheon Nabs $614 Million Modification For 17 SM-3 Block IIAs, Decreasing Contract Value

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $614 million modification to produce 17 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missiles and other associated work, reducing the overall contract overall value. The Aug. 28 modification directed Raytheon to build  the missiles, perform production support and engineering efforts, obsolescence monitoring, technical baseline engineering support, quality assurance […]

An SM-6 is launched from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) during Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2) to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) target. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

MDA Completes Second SM-6 Medium Range Missile Intercept Test

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted its second successful missile defense flight and intercept test of a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) against a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) off the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 29, the agency said Wednesday. During the test, the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), a Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with the […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

MDA Looking Into Common Boost Vehicle For Midcourse Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is beginning to start market research to explore the possibility of using a next-generation Common Boost Vehicle (CBV) for its Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors, according to an Aug. 25 request for information (RFI). The RFI, posted to FedBizOpps, is looking at the possibility of delivering the new vehicle by […]

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera shake hands at the opening of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”), at the State Department on August 17, 2017. (Photo: U.S. State Department)

Japan Plans To Expand Missile Defense Systems, Includes Aegis Ashore

The Japanese government plans to increase its missile defense systems, the Japanese Defense Minister said Thursday at a joint press availability with Japanese and U.S. government officials. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, through an interpreter, said his government “will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition of new assets, and enhanced capability […]

Lockheed Martin is developing the Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Lockheed Martin Looking Into Sea And Air PAC-3 MSE Launches

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is examining new air and missile defense systems like launching a Patriot PAC-3 MSE from sea and air platforms and miniature missiles for more hit-to-kill systems uses, a company executive said here Wednesday. Lockheed Martin is looking at firing its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missile […]

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Jacobs Technology Wins $4.6 Billion MDA Contract For Support And IT Work

Note: This article was updated on Aug. 11 with industry comments. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Jacobs Technology Inc. a potential $4.6 billion support contract, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. DoD noted that the task orders under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract will predominantly be cost-plus-incentive-fee and fixed-price incentive. MDA also issued a $4.3 million fixed-price […]

Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, the new director of the Missile Defense Agency. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

MDA Director: Systems Can Defend U.S. From North Korean ICBMs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. ballistic missile defense forces are capable today of defending against North Korean ballistic missile threats but are still developing future capabilities for future threats, the Defense Department’s newest missile defense chief said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, who was recently installed as the director of the Missile Defense Agency […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Hyten Argues For Faster Development, More Risk Tolerance

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said the American defense establishment has to move faster under the threat of being outpaced by its adversaries, particularly in the space and missile defense realms. The U.S. is currently being outpaced by its adversaries in defense matters because in recent decades the country has […]