Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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 […]

Patriot Fire Unit
Photo: Raytheon

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 […]


MDA Budget Request Increases $2 Billion From Last Year

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting $9.9 billion in the FY ’19 budget request, which is an increase of about $2 billion over the FY ’18 request. An MDA official confirmed this request continues missile defense acceleration that began in the 2017 Above Threshold Reprogramming (ATR) and the FY ‘18 Missile Defeat and Defense […]

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

Lockheed Martin Wins $524 Million Contract For More Patriot Missile Interceptors

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $524 million modification Tuesday to a domestic and foreign military sales (FMS) contract for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles. The modification covers PAC-3 missiles, cost reduction initiative (CRI) missiles, launcher modification kits, and associated ground support equipment for the U.S., Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and […]

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile, part of the Patriot air defense capability. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Raytheon Wins $2.3 Billion Army Contract For International Patriot Upgrades And Refresh

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $2.3 billion contract on Tuesday for engineering services to support the Patriot missile defense systems to support software and refresh obsolescence in both U.S. and partner international systems. This hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and level-of-effort contract will divide work locations and funding based on individual orders. The total work […]

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.

Boeing Wins $6.56 Billion MDA Contract To Continue As GMD Prime Integrator

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Boeing [BA] a $6.56 billion modification to a previous contract to extend its development and sustainment contract (DSC) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense program, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The DSC covers development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training, and […]