Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

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 […]

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MDA Asks Industry For Long Endurance UAS For Missile Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is interested in industry’s capability to provide a High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft for missile defense laser uses by the 2023 timeframe, the agency said last Tuesday. According to a FedBizOpps Broad Agency Announcement and Request For Information (RFI), a HALE aircraft with a greater payload capability […]

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

South Korea THAAD Deployment Delayed For Environmental Assessment

The South Korean defense ministry will begin a full environmental impact assessment of the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, delaying the deployment of four additional launchers.  This decision Wednesday by the South Korean presidential office, the Blue House, comes after it conducted a probe looking into why […]

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.

MDA Plans Nine New Kill Vehicle Interceptors, Explains Focus and Budget Request

The head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) told Congress on Wednesday the agency plans to begin deliveries this year of nine new Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) including the newly tested kill vehicles. Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the MDA, said after the recent successful FTG-15 intercept flight test, the new CE-II Block 1 Exo-atmospheric […]

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.

Missile Defense Head Explains Test Success, Relation To Realistic Threat

Missile Defense Agency director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said on Wednesday that the Tuesday test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System was realistic and replicated a real threat the agency is worried about in contrast with past failures. The briefing came a day after the first successful test of the GMD System intercepting an […]

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MDA Successfully Conducts First Test of GBI Against ICBM-Style Target

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted its first test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system’s Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) against an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-like target, the agency said on Tuesday. The MDA launched an ICBM-range target from Kwjalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands that was tested against a GBI launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, […]

AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar array at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. Photo: Raytheon.

Raytheon Wins $327 Million Initial Production Contract For AMDR

The U.S. Navy on May 1 awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $327 million fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract modification option to produce the first three low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) units. In exercising the LRIP option, the contract also includes non-recurring engineering efforts in support of production. The AMDR SPY-6 is a […]

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Missile Defense Officials Want To Re-Inflate Broke Surveillance Blimp

Current and former missile-defense officials are lamenting the presumed demise of the Army’s high-flying surveillance blimp. The Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor, shoehorned into the acronym JLENS, is a Raytheon [RTN]-built aerostat designed to carry sophisticated sensors aloft to an altitude that allows it to see beyond the curvature of the […]

An Evolved Seasparrow Missile is launched from the  USS Carl Vinson.  Photo: U.S. Navy.

Study: U.S. Military Needs More Cheap Missile Interceptors To Win Salvo Equation Against Peer Adversary

The U.S. military can count on facing guided missiles in its next high-end conflict, but it is not prepared to defend against massed, relatively inexpensive precision weapons. A new study released Friday by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) posits that the U.S. military’s strategy of shooting down missiles with missiles is prohibitively […]