Archive: Missile Defense

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

A PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile test is conducted at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. as part of a flight test for the U.S. Army. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

PAC-3 Missiles Successfully Intercept Tactical Ballistic Missile Targets

Five Lockheed Martin [LMT] Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 interceptors successfully defeated four tactical ballistic missile targets in a test earlier this month. The Army led a flight test of four PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) and one PAC-2 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors against the four targets at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. A […]


Lockheed Martin And MDA Finish LRDR Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have finished the critical design review (CDR) for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), validating the radar is ready to move into the fabrication, demonstration, and test phase, the company said Thursday. The CDR took place on Sept. 28 and is the second of three design […]


NATO Briefs Industry On Over $817 Million In Air And Missile Defense Opportunities

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency on Monday briefed North American and European industry on over $817 million in upcoming air and missile defense program business opportunities in 2018 and later, the alliance said. The NCI Agency said that projected requirements for the next decade could further “significantly increase” that initial estimate. These opportunities […]