Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defense system. (Photo: Raytheon)

Sweden Says It Will Buy Two Patriot Batteries

The Swedish government is empowering the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to procure and enter into an agreement with the U.S. to procure the Patriot air and missile defense system, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. Last November the government authorized FMV to send a letter of request to the U.S. and start negotiations to […]

STRATCOM Commander Dismisses Russian Suspicions of Japan Aegis Ashore Sites

OMAHA, Neb. — The head of U.S. Strategic command here dismissed Russian worries about two U.S.-designed missile defense systems headed to Japan as “political messaging,” insisting that the weapon is only for defense. “I find it pretty interesting, that Russia would be concerned about Aegis Ashore in Japan,” Gen. John Hyten told reporters here during […]

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)

Japan Chooses Lockheed Martin For Aegis Ashore Radar

The Japanese Ministry of Defense said on Monday it selected  Lockheed Martin [LMT] to provide its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) for the country’s two future Aegis Ashore missile defense sites. The Japanese government disclosed its plans to boost missile defense, including adding two Aegis Ashore sites, last August (Defense Daily, Aug. 18, 2017). The ministry […]


Final NDAA Keeps Space And Boost-Phase Missile Defenses

The final version of the FY 2019 defense authorization bill retained provisions directing the Missile Defense Agency to develop a space-based missile intercept layer, boost-phase missile defenses generally, and space-based sensor architecture for missile defenses. The Senate’s NDAA version had a provision in the FY ’18 NDAA that would withdraw statutory flexibility on space-based boost-phase […]

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

PAC-3 MSE Makes New Intercept Record, Lockheed Martin Says

The newest Patriot missile type reached a new distance record during an intercept test on Thursday, missile builder Lockheed Martin [LMT] said in a statement. A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) intercepted an air-breathing threat (ABT) target during a test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The ABT represents […]

A SM-3 1B launching off a Navy cruiser in Oct. 2013. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Raytheon Nabs $467 Million MDA Contract For 33 More SM-3 IBs

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $467 million contract to produce, test, and deliver 44 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB interceptors, the company said on Wednesday. The company explained this award is the fiscal year 2018 portion of an earlier $2.4 billion contract announcement in 2015 for planned FY ’15 through FY […]


MDA Awards Three Vendors $4.1 Billion Multiple Award Contract

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) earlier this month awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT], Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Raytheon [RTN] a multiple award indefinitely delivery/indefinite quantity (MAIDIQ) contract worth up to $4.1 billion for missile defense improvements. The Defense Department said the contract’s primary purpose is to provide autonomous acquisition and persistent precision tracking and discrimination to […]


White House Objects To Missile Defense Provisions In Senate Defense Bill

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) objected to several missile defense-related provisions in the Senate’s draft FY ’19 defense authorization act in a statement Tuesday. The administration objects to Section 1660D of the bill, S. 2987, which would require the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a space-based missile defense intercept later […]

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

MDA’s Greaves: Space-Based Interceptors Would Be A Big Change

The director of the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday said adding space-based interceptors for missile defense “would require a significant change in national policy” and are expensive. He also noted the Poland Aegis Ashore site is about 18 months behind schedule and spoke approvingly of President Trump’s directive for a new Space Force. Speaking at […]


Senate NDAA Draft Requires Space-Based Missile Interceptors

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) draft FY ’19 defense authorization bill would require the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a space-based missile defense intercept layer regardless of what the upcoming Missile Defense Review (MDR) calls for. The Senate panel’s provision withdraws the statutory flexibility on this variety of boost-phase intercept capability provided in […]