Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

An SM-6 is launched from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) during Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2) to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) target. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

MDA Completes Second SM-6 Medium Range Missile Intercept Test

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted its second successful missile defense flight and intercept test of a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) against a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) off the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 29, the agency said Wednesday. During the test, the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), a Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with the […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

MDA Looking Into Common Boost Vehicle For Midcourse Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is beginning to start market research to explore the possibility of using a next-generation Common Boost Vehicle (CBV) for its Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors, according to an Aug. 25 request for information (RFI). The RFI, posted to FedBizOpps, is looking at the possibility of delivering the new vehicle by […]

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera shake hands at the opening of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”), at the State Department on August 17, 2017. (Photo: U.S. State Department)

Japan Plans To Expand Missile Defense Systems, Includes Aegis Ashore

The Japanese government plans to increase its missile defense systems, the Japanese Defense Minister said Thursday at a joint press availability with Japanese and U.S. government officials. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, through an interpreter, said his government “will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition of new assets, and enhanced capability […]

Lockheed Martin is developing the Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Lockheed Martin Looking Into Sea And Air PAC-3 MSE Launches

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is examining new air and missile defense systems like launching a Patriot PAC-3 MSE from sea and air platforms and miniature missiles for more hit-to-kill systems uses, a company executive said here Wednesday. Lockheed Martin is looking at firing its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missile […]

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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, […]