Archive: Missile Defense

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C)

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]