Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense


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 […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Reveals New Missile Defense Radar

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is set to unveil a new air and missile defense radar demonstrator this week that will be the basis of the company’s offering to an expected upcoming Army competition for the future Integrated Air and Missile Defense System radar, the company said Monday This new radar system, the active […]

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

THAAD Test Planned For This Weekend

A U.S. Coast Guard notice indicated another Alaska-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense test is set to occur this weekend. The Coast Guard’s most recent weekly notice to mariners said the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, a state-owned company, will conduct a rocket launch from the Kodiak Narrow Cape Launch facility on Kodiak Island, […]

A slide from Lt. Gen. James Dickinson’s presentation at a July 18 AUSA event, High Energy Laser Demonstrations and Data Collections. Image: U.S. Army.

Army Working Up To 100 kW Laser Weapons Step By Step

The Army is sequencing tests of directed-energy technologies up towards a 100 kW laser by 2022 for fixed and rotor wing targets, the head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command said Tuesday. Lt. Gen. James Dickinson highlighted directed energy/lasers as an important research effort for his command at an Association of […]

Patriot air and missile defense system.

U.S. Deploys Patriot To Lithuania During NATO Exercise

The United States military deployed a Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system to Lithuania for the first time during a NATO exercise, the Lithuanian defense ministry said Tuesday. The Patriot is set to operate in a single pool with Lithuanian and other NATO ally air defense systems during Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017, an […]

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

THAAD Intercepts First IRBM Target In Test

The Defense Department conducted the first successful intercept by the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) target, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said Tuesday. The test, called Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18, began when an Air Force C-17 air launched a ballistic missile target over the […]

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.

Second New SM-3 Interceptor Test Fails

A new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile intercept test conducted off the coast of Hawaii failed, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said last Wednesday. The Wednesday test, called Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development Flight Test Maritime-2 (SFTM-2), was a partnership between the MDA and the Japan Ministry of Defense. It involved the use […]