Archive: Ballistic Missile Defense

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Kendall: Energy Weapons Ideal, But Not Ready For Tactical Air Defense

Directed energy weapons would be ideal for countering many of the anti-access, area-denial threats that peer nations pose to the United States in wartime, but technology has not progressed to the point where those weapons are operationally useful, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer said Tuesday. Since the U.S. military in 1991 demonstrated the capability of […]

Patriot air and missile defense system. Raytheon won a $2 billion order from Saudi Arabia for the system and this week Poland selected Patriot to provide air and missile defense. Photo: Raytheon

Missile Manufacturers Will Fight For European Air Defense Contracts

Raytheon [RTN] officials have vowed to continue supporting Germany’s Patriot missile batteries, despite learning earlier this week the company lost a bid to provide Germany with its next-generation tactical air and missile defense shield. MEADS International, which is partnered with Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced Tuesday that Germany chose MEADS as the basis for its TVLS, […]

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) falls under the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) umbrella. Photo: MDA.

U.S. To Fast Track Weapon Sales To Gulf Nations

The United States will fast-track arms sales to Gulf Cooperation Council member states through a dedicated Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office in an effort to bolster those nations’ abilities to counter terrorism and deescalate conflicts in the region, the White House announced May 14. U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) forces also will have an increased […]


MDA’s Deputy Director Buoys SBX Against Criticism

Days after a scathing report deemed the Sea-based X-band radar a flop, the deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency came to the defense of the platform on April 7, calling it an important capability in dealing with foreign provocations. “I can tell you from the warfighters’ perspective, the operational perspective, it’s absolutely the most […]

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Raytheon Awarded $769 Million To Upgrade Korean Patriots

Raytheon [RTN] Monday was awarded a $769.4 million direct commercial sale contract to upgrade an undisclosed number of Patriot Air and Missile Defense System batteries to the latest Patriot Missile Defense System Solution configuration currently fielded. “The upgrade enhances the Republic of Korea’s defenses and underscores the value of the 13-nation strong Patriot partnership which […]

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Concerns Over Patriot, THAAD, Training Come Down To Resources, SASC Panel Told

More training is needed for soldiers who operate and maintain the ballistic missile defense Patriot and THAAD forces, but operational needs and a lack of resources are not keeping up with the demand, Defense Department officials told a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) panel. “We have a lot of stress on the Patriot force and […]


Sequestration, Evolving Threat, Could Lead To Overmatch, Missile Defense Officials Say

Sequestration is putting missile defense–both homeland and regional defense–in jeopardy, and could lead to future overmatch, the director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) panel Thursday. A potential 18 percent reduction–if sequestration kicks in–was a figure mentioned at the Senate Appropriations Committee missile-defense hearing March 18. This would […]

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Sequestration Would Critically Impact Vital New Programs, MDA Director Says

If sequestration returns in fiscal year 2016, it would impact new programs vital to protecting the nation, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director told the Senate Appropriations defense panel Wednesday. “Depending on how deep the cuts go, would be how deep I (would need) to go not just into new starts but other capability and […]

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NORTHCOM, MDA Priorities ‘Completely Aligned’ For Missile Defense, Admiral Says

Sensors, kill vehicle lethality and sustainment are the investment priorities for both U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) according to Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, in his first appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee since taking command in December. Those […]


Navy Tells Congress It’s Ready For New Radar For Destroyers

The Navy has sent a report to Congress informing lawmakers that it’s poised for the integration of the new Air Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) on the next flight of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) destroyers, saying it has adequately addressed the design changes that are required to install the radar on a ship that will go under […]