Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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Raytheon Awarded $83 Million Mine Neutralizer Contract, AMDR LRIP Unit

Raytheon [RTN] was awarded an $83 million Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract on Thursday to design, test, and deploy the Barracuda mine neutralization system. The company describes the Barracuda mine neutralization system as an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle that aims to identify and neutralize three kinds of sea minds: bottom, near surface, and […]

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

MDA Tests THAAD And Patriot Interoperability

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Army jointly successfully tested a missile defense tracking exercise last week to demonstrate the interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems. The April 6 test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was a simulated engagement of a live short-range Lynx missile target, […]

Poland President Andrzej Duda gives an adress after the Defense Minister signs a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to buy the patriot air and missile defense system. (Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Poland.)

Poland And U.S. Sign $4.75 Billion Agreement For Patriot Missile Defenses

Poland signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to buy Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system, interceptors, and a battle management system for upward of $4.75 billion during an event on Wednesday. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed the LOA with President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, National Security Bureau head […]

The Aegis Ashore site at Deveselu Air Base, Romania. It was the final component of Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) missile defense program. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

Officials Lay Out Missile Defense Updates/Setbacks; MDR Expected After April

Top U.S. Defense Department missile defense leaders provided positive updates on U.S. missile defense systems at a congressional hearing last Thursday, but one official was reluctant to say when the Missile Defense Review (MDR) would be released and written testimony identified an issue with Aegis Ashore. Buried near the end of his written testimony to […]

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.

Northrop Grumman Awarded $475 Million Contract To Model Missile Defense, MDA Director Says No GBI Tests In ‘18

Earlier this week the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Northrop Grumman a non-competitive contract worth up to $475 million to develop, integrate, test, and field missile defense modeling and simulation tools. The March 5 sole source contract covers task orders from March 2018 through March 2023. The MDA said the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award includes the […]

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative interceptors, shown here in a previous test, support the U.S. Army's Field Surveillance Program to ensure reliability and readiness of fielded PAC-3 missiles. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful PAC-3 Missile Interception Tests

Lockheed Martin [LMT] recently conducted successful tactical ballistic missile interception tests for two of its PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors, the company said Tuesday. The latest tests were the 10th and 11th successful intercepts in the last six years conducted under the Army’s Field Surveillance Program to ensure PAC-3 CRI readiness. “PAC-3 continues to […]

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

Hyten Says Space Sensors Needed For Missile Defense

The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said space sensors are necessary for midcourse missile defense discrimination in a speech about how the Defense Department needs to move forward on missile defenses. Although the U.S. needs to improve a number of things in missile defense, the highest priority in capabilities is improved sensors, Air Force […]

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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 […]