Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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 […]


MDA Will Not Take Over GMD Integration From Boeing

The U.S. government notified industry last week it will not assume the prime integrator role for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system after concluding doing so now would add “an unacceptable level of risk.” The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) had planned a follow-on acquisition strategy to the current development and sustainment contract (DSC), called DOSP, […]

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.

Raytheon Wins $600 Million Missile Defense Test Contract

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth up to a maximum of $642 million to conduct ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) test activities for radar platforms, the Defense Department said last Friday. The test activities will include planning, executing, and analyzing sensor performance in missile defense flight tests and ground […]

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

Army Missile Defense Brain Passes Complex Test Of Threat-Tracking Capability

The Army’s open architecture missile defense brain recently demonstrated its ability to track and defend against an array of aerial threats during the most complex test of the system to date. Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla., used Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS), to direct Army air and […]

Patriot air defense units are popular Foreign Military Sales (FMS) items. Photo: Raytheon.

Romania Signs Agreement To Buy Patriot Missile Defense System

Romania’s government signed an agreement to buy Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system from the U.S. Army, the company said Wednesday. The agreement, called a Letter of Offer and Acceptance opens Romania to reach initial operational capability (IOC) for Patriot relatively quickly and sets up contract negotiations between the U.S. government […]

A PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile test is conducted at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. as part of a flight test for the U.S. Army. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

PAC-3 Missiles Successfully Intercept Tactical Ballistic Missile Targets

Five Lockheed Martin [LMT] Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 interceptors successfully defeated four tactical ballistic missile targets in a test earlier this month. The Army led a flight test of four PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) and one PAC-2 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors against the four targets at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. A […]

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.

Senate Appropriators Boost Missile Defense Funding

Senate appropriators increased missile defense funding by $1.4 billion over the administration’s request for fiscal year (FY) 2018, but at a lower rate than the authorization bill allowed for. The Senate Appropriations Committee’s (SAC) report, released Nov. 21, funded the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at $9.3 billion, about $1.4 billion over the administration’s request (Defense […]


NDAA Makes Missile Defense Policy Changes

The fiscal year 2018 defense bill passed by both Houses of Congress authorizes numerous changes and directives to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including studies to expand missile defense fields. The conference-agreed FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes $12.3 billion in spending for the MDA, $4.4 billion over the administration’s request. It boosts […]


Lockheed Martin And MDA Finish LRDR Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have finished the critical design review (CDR) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), validating the radar is ready to move into the fabrication, demonstration, and test phase, the company said Thursday. The CDR took place on Sept. 28 and is the second of three design […]