Archive: Missile Defense

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 […]


HASC Missile Defense Mark Authorizes SM-3 IB Multiyear, Pushes Boost Phase and Space Sensors

The House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces markup of its portion of the FY ’19 defense authorization bill focused on SM-3 IB multiyear procurement, requiring the director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to begin a program to develop boost phase intercept capabilities and space-based sensors. The committee’s mark, reported to the full committee […]

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

DoD’s Griffin Eyes Using Directed Energy For Space-Based Missile Defense

Pentagon technology chief Michael Griffin said April 17 that he wants to field a megawatt-class, directed energy (DE) device in space by the late 2020s to protect the United States against hostile long-range missiles. And “within a few years,” he wants to have a 100-kilowatt-class laser that can be deployed on an Army Stryker vehicle […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

MDA Tests THAAD And Patriot Interoperability

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Army jointly successfully tested a missile defense tracking exercise last week to demonstrate the interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems. The April 6 test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was a simulated engagement of a live short-range Lynx missile target, […]

Poland President Andrzej Duda gives an adress after the Defense Minister signs a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to buy the patriot air and missile defense system. (Photo: Office of the President of the Republic of Poland.)

Poland And U.S. Sign $4.75 Billion Agreement For Patriot Missile Defenses

Poland signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to buy Raytheon’s [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system, interceptors, and a battle management system for upward of $4.75 billion during an event on Wednesday. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed the LOA with President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, National Security Bureau head […]

Patriot Air and Missile Defense System Radar
Photo: Raytheon

Raytheon Completes Technical Review for LTAMDS Radar

Raytheon [RTN] finished a program and technical review for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) with the U.S. Army, the company said Tuesday. The LTAMDS program aims to replace the old Raytheon-made Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target (PATRIOT) MPQ-65 missile defense radar used by the Army. Last October the […]

MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin announced a new joint venture to pursue the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defense System, “TLVS,” for the German Bundeswehr. The joint venture is expected to become the prime contractor for the new system that will transform Germany’s defense capabilities. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Joins European Consortium To Develop German Integrated Air Defense

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has partnered with MBDA Deutschland to develop integrated air and missile defense systems for the German armed forces. The joint venture between Lockheed Martin and MBDA, a group jointly owned by Airbus, BAE Systems, and Leonardo will become the prime contractor for the new system, called TLVS, based on Lockheed Martin’s medium […]

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 […]