Archive: Missile Defense

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

Foreign Minister: South Korea Not Considering Additional THAADs

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday that the administration of President Moon Jae-in is not considering additional deployments of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, according to Korean press reports. Kang disclosed this policy decision in a statement to the legislature during a parliamentary audit of the ministry. This […]

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MDA Awards $10 Million Contract Mod To MTSI For Improved Missile Defense Modeling Tools

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI) a $10 million modification last Monday to increase a contract ceiling under an effort to develop models of new interceptor and sensor concepts for missile defense development. The modification raises the value of a 2014 contract to almost $35.5 million. The work aims to […]

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 […]