Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

Vice Admiral James Syring, Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Photo: U.S. Defense Department.

MDA Director See Cyber Threat On Par With Missile Threats

The cyber threat the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) faces is at the same level as ICBM threats from Iran and North Korea, the director of the agency said in a committee hearing Thursday. “We have taken inordinate steps to protect both our classified and unclassified networks from attack: constant 24/7 monitoring with teams in place, […]

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MDA Director Defends Redesigned Kill Vehicle Design Strategy

The head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said he was confident the agency could keep the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program on track after the top Democrat of the powerful Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee called its acquisition strategy into question on Wednesday. Under the current strategy, the government leads the RKV design effort, with […]

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Carter: THAAD in South Korea is ‘Going to Happen’

The deployment of a key missile defense system to South Korea is “going to happen,” even if the Chinese government objects to it, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday. The U.S. and South Korean governments began talks earlier this year on the potential placement of the system—the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system made by […]

Raytheon scored a $2.4 billion order with Qatar in December for the Patriot air and missile defense system, boosting bookings. Photo: Raytheon

Army, Raytheon Demonstrate Patriot Air Defense System Ability To Fire Multiple Missile Types

The Army and Raytheon [RTN] recently demonstrated the ability of an upgraded Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) system to detect incoming threat missiles and launch multiple interceptors to destroy them. Upgraded with a suite of improvements collectively known as Post-Deployment Build 8 (PDB-8), Patriot in a March 17 test at White Sands Missile […]

The HEL-MD is a laser system mounted on a standard Army heavy expanded mobility tactical truck (HEMETT). Still a demonstrator, it’s hoped the testing conducted at White Sands and other ranges will lead to a program of record.

Army Losing Air Defense Cost Calculus Against Pervasive Cruise Missile Threats

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Army is on the losing side of a cost equation where it must deploy high-end, expensive interceptors to destroy relatively inexpensive but effective missile threats. Lt. Gen. David Mann, chief of Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), said several efforts are in the works to make Army missile defense technology […]

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

PACOM Chief: China Meddling In THAAD Deployment To Korea ‘Preposterous’

The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific said the potential deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery to South Korea is none of China’s business and called its interference “preposterous.” Adm. Harry Harris, chief of U.S. Pacific Command, said the decision to station the Lockheed Martin [LMT] built air defense […]

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

Top U.S. Commander In Korea Backs Deployment Of THAAD Missile Shield

The commander of U.S. forces in Korea favors establishing a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile shield in South Korea as a response to taunts from North Korea that in recent weeks included a missile test and the detonation of a nuclear weapon. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti has backed deployment of a THAAD […]

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Photo: Raytheon

Army’s Open Architecture Missile Defense Brain To Begin Production In 2016

The Army’s new missile defense brain is set to enter initial production in 2016, establishing a critical baseline command-and-control architecture that can tie together various air defense systems into a common network. Northrop Grumman [NOC] is wrapping up live-fire testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) and expects a milestone […]