Archive: Missile Defense

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 […]

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 […]

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 To Award Raytheon Sole-Source Contract For SM-3 IIA Interceptors

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning to award a sole-source contract to Raytheon [RTN] to produce and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA ballistic missile interceptors starting in FY 2019 and lasting through 2023 with a possible extension through FY 2027. The MDA posted a pre-solicitation notice to this effect to FedBizOpps on Sept. […]

Serco Awarded $51 Million Contract For Shipboard CIWS Support

IT service management company Serco, Inc. said on Tuesday it’s been awarded a $51 million single-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to continue providing installation support for Close-In Weapons Systems (CIWS) on U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard vessels. The contract has a one-year base period plus four one-year option periods, with a ceiling value […]

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

State Dept. Approves $105 Million Netherlands Patriot Recap

The State Department on Wednesday approved a possible $105 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of recapitalization on four Netherlands Patriot Fire Units. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the sale on the same day it was announced. The recapitalization includes radar sets, radar digital processors, engagement control stations, information and coordination central, […]

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood. (Photo: DoD)

Officials: MDR Hopefully Out Within Weeks

A top Defense Department official said on Tuesday that he hoped the long-delayed Missile Defense Review (MDR) will be released within weeks. Speaking at a Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance event on Capitol Hill, under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said he has been working for some time across the DoD in various organizations […]

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 […]

Patriot Launcher
Photo: Raytheon.

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” […]