Archive: Missile Defense

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 […]

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 […]

Officials Lay Out Missile Defense Updates/Setbacks; MDR Expected After April

Top U.S. Defense Department missile defense leaders provided positive updates on U.S. missile defense systems at a congressional hearing last Thursday, but one official was reluctant to say when the Missile Defense Review (MDR) would be released and written testimony identified an issue with Aegis Ashore. Buried near the end of his written testimony to […]

Northrop Grumman Awarded $475 Million Contract To Model Missile Defense, MDA Director Says No GBI Tests In ‘18

Earlier this week the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Northrop Grumman a non-competitive contract worth up to $475 million to develop, integrate, test, and field missile defense modeling and simulation tools. The March 5 sole source contract covers task orders from March 2018 through March 2023. The MDA said the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award includes the […]

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 Conducts Successful PAC-3 Missile Interception Tests

Lockheed Martin [LMT] recently conducted successful tactical ballistic missile interception tests for two of its PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) interceptors, the company said Tuesday. The latest tests were the 10th and 11th successful intercepts in the last six years conducted under the Army’s Field Surveillance Program to ensure PAC-3 CRI readiness. “PAC-3 continues to […]

Hyten Says Space Sensors Needed For Missile Defense

The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said space sensors are necessary for midcourse missile defense discrimination in a speech about how the Defense Department needs to move forward on missile defenses. Although the U.S. needs to improve a number of things in missile defense, the highest priority in capabilities is improved sensors, Air Force […]

State Department Approves $3.2 Billion Sale Of Patriot System To Sweden

The State Department approved a possible $3.2 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Sweden of four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units on Feb. 20. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered a required certification to Congress on Tuesday. Sweden requested four Patriot Confoguration-3+ Modernized Fire Units including four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement control […]

U.S. and Israel Complete Flight Test Of Arrow-3 Missile Defense System

This article has been updated for clarity. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Monday, the agency said Feb. 19. Arrow-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The test had an Arrow-3 interceptor launched “and completed […]

MDA Budget Request Increases $2 Billion From Last Year

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting $9.9 billion in the FY ’19 budget request, which is an increase of about $2 billion over the FY ’18 request. An MDA official confirmed this request continues missile defense acceleration that began in the 2017 Above Threshold Reprogramming (ATR) and the FY ‘18 Missile Defeat and Defense […]