Archive: Missile Defense

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.

Missile Defense Head Explains Test Success, Relation To Realistic Threat

Missile Defense Agency director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said on Wednesday that the Tuesday test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System was realistic and replicated a real threat the agency is worried about in contrast with past failures. The briefing came a day after the first successful test of the GMD System intercepting an […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
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Missile Defense Agency Awards Boeing $1 Billion Modification For RKV Development

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Boeing [BA] a $1 billion undefinitized modification to a contract procuring Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) development, the Defense Department announced Monday. The RKV is intended to make the interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system more reliable against long-range ballistic missiles. This is an attempt to redesign the exo-atmospheric […]

Raytheon's GaN-powered AESA air and missile defense radar. Photo: Raytheon

Raytheon Announces Successful Testing Period For New Missile Defense Radar

Defense contractor Raytheon [RTN] announced on Tuesday that their latest integrated air and missile defense radar with 360-degree capability has put in 1,000 hours of operation in the last year, about the half the amount of a typical testing period. Raytheon’s newest radar has been upgraded with a new gallium nitride (GaN) powered Active Electronically […]

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Missile Defense Agency Requests $7.9 Billion In Budget Request

The Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requested a $7.9 billion budget in its FY 2018 request released Tuesday, a $379 million increase over the FY 2017 request. The budget request provides $821 million for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program. The MDA will use this funding to maintain 36 Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) at Fort […]

An LRSAM trial in September 2016. Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

IAI Wins $630 Million Sale Of LRSAMs To India

The Indian government company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) awarded Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) a $630 million contract to supply the Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) systems for use in four Indian navy ships, the company said Sunday. BEL serves as the main contractor in this project as part of India’s “Make in India” policy. The LRSAM […]

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Romania Sees Ballistic Missile Proliferation Threat, Increasing NATO Cooperation

Romania takes its NATO missile defense commitments seriously due to a missile proliferation threat from outside the Europe-Atlantic region, the country’s ambassador said Wednesday. NATO allies live in an increasingly uncertain world where security and defense cannot be taken for granted amid Russian provocations in the Black Sea region and the risk of wide scale […]

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

Raytheon Wins $327 Million Initial Production Contract For AMDR

The U.S. Navy on May 1 awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $327 million fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract modification option to produce the first three low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) units. In exercising the LRIP option, the contract also includes non-recurring engineering efforts in support of production. The AMDR SPY-6 is a […]

Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) falls under the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) umbrella. Photo: MDA.

DoD Hires Hill Veteran To Handle Missile Defense Policy

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has appointed longtime Capitol Hill aide Robert “Rob” Soofer as deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy, the Pentagon announced April 26. Soofer was most recently the staff lead fGround-Based Midcourse Defense (or the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) strategic forces panel, which oversees such matters as missile […]

Navy Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command. (File photo courtesy of U.S. Pacific Command)

PACOM Chief Says Hawaii Needs More Protection Against North Korean Missiles

The United States should put a missile-tracking radar in Hawaii and consider placing interceptor missiles there as well to better protect the island state against North Korean ballistic missiles, according to the head of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). While existing U.S. ballistic missile defenses, including ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, are adequate to protect Hawaii today, North […]

Lockheed Martin's new Solid State Radar Integration Site in Moorestown, N.J., will aid development of the Long Range Discrimination Radar. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Missile Defense Agency OK’s Next Design Phase For Long-Range Radar

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) program completed its preliminary design review last month, clearing the way for the radar effort to enter its detailed design phase, prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced April 20. The review, which took place March 21 and 22, will be followed by a critical […]