Archive: Missile Defense

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile, part of the Patriot air defense capability. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Raytheon Wins $2.3 Billion Army Contract For International Patriot Upgrades And Refresh

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $2.3 billion contract on Tuesday for engineering services to support the Patriot missile defense systems to support software and refresh obsolescence in both U.S. and partner international systems. This hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and level-of-effort contract will divide work locations and funding based on individual orders. The total work […]

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.

Boeing Wins $6.56 Billion MDA Contract To Continue As GMD Prime Integrator

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Boeing [BA] a $6.56 billion modification to a previous contract to extend its development and sustainment contract (DSC) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense program, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The DSC covers development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training, and […]

Lockheed Martin conducts a flight test of the Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. on Jan. 26. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Conducts Another MHTK Test

Lockheed Martin [LMT] completed a successful controlled flight test of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. on Jan. 26, the company said Tuesday. This was the first flight test of the MHTK’s upgraded electronics and the second for its new airframe. A Lockheed Martin spokesperson told Defense Daily the test’s […]

Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile, part of the Patriot air defense capability. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Officials: Hypervelocity Weapon Transitioning To Services This Year; New Army Missile Defense Strategy To Be Finished This Summer

The Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) expects to start transitioning the hypervelocity gun weapon system (HGWS) to the services over the next year, an official said last Thursday. Vincent Sabio, program manager for the HGWS program at SCO, said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event that the office is aiming […]

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Trump Signs Fourth CR For FY 2018 Into Law

President Trump signed into law late Jan. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government through Feb. 8 and ends a three-day federal shutdown. Earlier that evening, the Senate and House passed the CR (H.R. 195) by votes of 81-18 and 266-150, respectively. The previous CR expired Jan. 19, and a stalemate over what […]

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MDA Will Not Take Over GMD Integration From Boeing

The U.S. government notified industry last week it will not assume the prime integrator role for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system after concluding doing so now would add “an unacceptable level of risk.” The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) had planned a follow-on acquisition strategy to the current development and sustainment contract (DSC), called DOSP, […]

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.

Raytheon Wins $600 Million Missile Defense Test Contract

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth up to a maximum of $642 million to conduct ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) test activities for radar platforms, the Defense Department said last Friday. The test activities will include planning, executing, and analyzing sensor performance in missile defense flight tests and ground […]

The USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). Photo: U.S. Navy.

New CR Includes Billions For Missile Defense, Ship Repairs

The House of Representatives passed a new continuing resolution (CR) late Dec. 21 that would keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The CR (H.R. 1370), which was headed to the Senate for its consideration, would provide about $4 […]

A naval-based Iron Dome Tamir missile is launched in a November 2017 intercept test. (Photo: Israel Defense Forces)

Israel Declares Naval Iron Dome Operational

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) declared a naval component of the Iron Dome rocket and artillery shell defense system operational on Tuesday following final successful tests. The Israeli Navy and Air Force conducted several successful tests with Iron Dome designer Rafael and the Israel Missile Defense Association to evaluate the capabilities of the Naval Iron […]

Patriot air defense units are popular Foreign Military Sales (FMS) items. Photo: Raytheon.

Romania Signs Agreement To Buy Patriot Missile Defense System

Romania’s government signed an agreement to buy Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system from the U.S. Army, the company said Wednesday. The agreement, called a Letter of Offer and Acceptance opens Romania to reach initial operational capability (IOC) for Patriot relatively quickly and sets up contract negotiations between the U.S. government […]