Archive: Missile Defense

The USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) fires an SM-6 Block IB missiles during Formidable Shield 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy And NATO Forces Conduct Air And Missile Defense Exercises Off Scotland

U.S. and NATO forces conducted a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise involving a ballistic missile and three anti-ship cruise missile targets during the Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17) exercise on Sunday. During a collective self-defense scenario, the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range […]

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

State Department Approves $15 Billion THAAD Sale To Saudi Arabia

The State Department approved a possible $15 billion sale of a Lockheed Martin [LMT] Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said last Friday. DSCA notified Congress of the sale on the same day. Saudi Arabia requested 44 THAAD launchers, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Photo: NASA.

Pence To Visit NASA’s Marshall Center

Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump’s point man for space, was scheduled to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., late Sept. 25 to receive an update on the agency’s efforts to send astronauts to deep space. Pence was expected to see an engine section test for the core stage of the […]

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

Army Demonstrates Remote Launch Capability In PAC-3 MSE Test

The Army last weekend successfully tested its latest Patriot missile interceptor in a remote launch configuration, a first for the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE), Lockheed Martin [LMT] reported on Thursday. The Lockheed Martin-built PAC-3 MSE hit-to-kill interceptor was launched Sept. 17 from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, […]

Northrop Grumman Chairman, President and CEO Wes Bush. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Bush Touts Improved Affordability, Enhanced Competitiveness As Drivers In Orbital ATK Deal

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] proposed $7.8 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK [OA] will drive improved affordability for its customers, strengthen its competitiveness in a number of areas such as space and missile defense systems, and help spur innovation, Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman’s chairman, president and CEO, said Monday on an investor call. Bush said that the […]

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

Navy Conducts Third Successful AMDR Test

The Navy last week said it successfully conducted a third air and ballistic missile defense flight test set with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) on Thursday off the west coast of Hawaii. This test, called Vigilant Talon, started when a short-range ballistic missile target and multiple air-to-surface cruise missile targets were launched […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Thornberry Predicts CR But More Money For Missile Defense

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he thinks Congress will pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December and could add additional money for missile defense and readiness. Thornberry expects the three-month long CR to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 but […]

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.

Raytheon Nabs $614 Million Modification For 17 SM-3 Block IIAs, Decreasing Contract Value

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $614 million modification to produce 17 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missiles and other associated work, reducing the overall contract overall value. The Aug. 28 modification directed Raytheon to build  the missiles, perform production support and engineering efforts, obsolescence monitoring, technical baseline engineering support, quality assurance […]

An SM-6 is launched from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) during Flight Test Standard Missile-27 Event 2 (FTM-27 E2) to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) target. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

MDA Completes Second SM-6 Medium Range Missile Intercept Test

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted its second successful missile defense flight and intercept test of a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) against a medium-range ballistic missile (MBRB) off the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 29, the agency said Wednesday. During the test, the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), a Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer equipped with the […]