Archive: Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conduct launch a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor in Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03). (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

MDA Scores SM-3 IIA Hit Using Japan Aegis Model

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Navy successfully intercepted an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor in the Pacific Ocean this week using an Aegis configuration being developed for Japan. This operational live fire flight test, called Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03), used an air-launched IRBM […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (Photo: Department of Defense)

Pentagon to Increase Laser Missile Defense Funding, Griffin Says

The Pentagon’s top R&D official said on Tuesday the department would push for more funding for missile defense laser research in future budgets. “In upcoming budgets for missile defense, you’re going to see a renewed emphasis on laser scaling across several technologies, because we feel we have to do that,” Under Secretary of Defense for […]

Patriot air and missile defense system.  (Photo: Raytheon)

Romania Buys Three More Patriots

The Romanian government signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to purchase three more Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense systems, the company said Thursday. Romania previously brought its first system under contract in May, procured through the Defense Department’s foreign military sales (FMS) program. It is repeating the process here, transferring funds to […]

South Korea’s Sejong the Great (DDG-991) destroyer arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in August 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Lockheed Martin Wins $366 Million South Korea Aegis Contract

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $366 million contract to build and integrate DDG Aegis Weapon System baseline K2 into South Korea ships. Under the Oct. 31 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, the company will provide for combat system installation, staging and integrated logistics support required to install, test and […]

The USS John Finn (DDG-113) launched an SM-3 Block IIA interceptor in the FTM-45 live-fire test to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile target off the waters West of Hawaii. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

MDA Succeeds In Fourth SM-3 IIA Intercept After Two Failures

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the fourth Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA intercept test on Friday, called Flight Test Standard Missile-45 (FTM-45), following two failures. This latest test had a medium-range ballistic target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The Arleigh Burke-class USS John Finn (DDG-113) detected and […]

The Solid State Radar Integration Site (SSRIS) at Lockheed Martin’s Moorestown, NJ, facility. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Meets Another LRDR Milestone, Full-Rate Production To Start Before End Of Year

Lockheed Martin [LMT] finished another technical milestone for its Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), completing a closed loop satellite track with tactical hardware and software, setting the company up to start full-rate production before the end of the year, officials announced this week The company said this marked a “significant achievement” on the way to […]

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

AMDR Tracks Multiple Targets And First Missile Through Intercept

Raytheon [RTN] on Wednesday said its new AN-SPY-6(V) air and missile defense radar (AMDR) has tracked multiple targets simultaneously as well as its first track of a ballistic missile through intercept in a test. The test occurred at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii in mid-September, where it detected, acquired, and tracked […]

Lockheed Martin’s AESA ARES radar technology demonstrator using gallium nitride (GaN) technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin And Raytheon Advance In Patriot Radar Replacement

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Raytheon [RTN] confirmed Monday they are both advancing in the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensors (LTAMDS) downselect to replace the legacy Patriot missile defense radar system. LTAMDS seeks to replace the current MPQ-65 Patriot radar. A year ago Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman [NOC], and Technovative Applications won […]

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.

MDA Says SM-3 IIA Test Failure Caused By Third Stage Ignition Part

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said it found the likely reason why a Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile failed to intercept a target in a January test (FTM-29): a device did not ignite the third stage rocket motor (TSRM). MDA and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex in […]