Archive: Missile Defense

The Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

IBCS Completes Fourth Army Test

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) demonstrated an ability to scale up across long distances during a successful five-week long U.S. Army test, the company said on Wednesday. The multi-node distributed test occurred with Army air and missile defense assets spread across over 20 nodes from White Sands […]

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Sweden Officially Buying Patriot Missile Defenses

Swedish officials on Friday formally announced they agreed to buy the Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system from the U.S. Army in a signed Letter of Offer and Acceptance. This agreement comes on the heels of an announcement last week by the Swedish Defense Ministry that the government was empowering the Swedish Defence […]

Greaves Outlines Missile Defense Space Sensor Layer

Huntsville, Ala. — The head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) this week broadly outlined how he sees a future missile defense space sensor layer could work on the heels of increased Congressional attention to improving U.S. missile defense sensors and their ability to help detect hypersonic weapons. The missile defense community has been “seriously” […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

Pentagon Officials: Starting Space-Based Interceptor Work And Space Sensors Necessary For Hypersonic Threat

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Top Pentagon officials said here on Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium that the Missile Defense Agency and Defense Department overall are working toward space-based missile interceptors while promoting a space sensor layer for both missile defenses and hypersonic defense The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Air Force […]

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Final NDAA Keeps Space And Boost-Phase Missile Defenses

The final version of the FY 2019 defense authorization bill retained provisions directing the Missile Defense Agency to develop a space-based missile intercept layer, boost-phase missile defenses generally, and space-based sensor architecture for missile defenses. The Senate’s NDAA version had a provision in the FY ’18 NDAA that would withdraw statutory flexibility on space-based boost-phase […]

Launch of PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptor. Photo: Lockheed Martin

PAC-3 MSE Makes New Intercept Record, Lockheed Martin Says

The newest Patriot missile type reached a new distance record during an intercept test on Thursday, missile builder Lockheed Martin [LMT] said in a statement. A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) intercepted an air-breathing threat (ABT) target during a test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The ABT represents […]

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Senate Panel, House Advance FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the full House passed their respective versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 28. The Senate panel approved its version by a 30-1 vote, while the House cleared its legislation by a 359-49 vote. Both bills would provide about $675 billion for defense (Defense Daily, June […]

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White House Objects To Missile Defense Provisions In Senate Defense Bill

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) objected to several missile defense-related provisions in the Senate’s draft FY ’19 defense authorization act in a statement Tuesday. The administration objects to Section 1660D of the bill, S. 2987, which would require the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop a space-based missile defense intercept later […]

Lt. Gen Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

MDA’s Greaves: Space-Based Interceptors Would Be A Big Change

The director of the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday said adding space-based interceptors for missile defense “would require a significant change in national policy” and are expensive. He also noted the Poland Aegis Ashore site is about 18 months behind schedule and spoke approvingly of President Trump’s directive for a new Space Force. Speaking at […]

A THAAD interceptor is launched from Kodiak, Alaska during Flight Experiment THAAD (FET)-01 on July 30, 2017. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

GAO Says MDA, Army At Impasse Over $10 Billion THAAD Requirement, Mixed Progress For MDA Deliveries

The Missile Defense Agency has reached an impasse on transferring the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the Army due to the service’s requirement that it needs another $10 billion for the program, according to an annual Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Both the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY ’18 and […]