Archive: Missile Defense

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 […]


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 […]

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

Missile Defense Agency Reviews Redesigned Kill Vehicle

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), which is redesigning the exo-atmospheric kill vehicle that sits atop its long-range interceptor missile, held a preliminary design review for the program in late March, an MDA spokesman said April 17. The spokesman, Christopher Johnson, declined to comment on the results of the review but said MDA is “pleased […]

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

THAAD Might Become Operational In South Korea After May Election

The U.S. military continues to make progress fielding a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) battery in South Korea but might not declare it operational until after that country’s May 9 presidential election, according to a White House foreign policy adviser. “It should be a decision for the next president,” the adviser told reporters […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

U.S. Needs More Long-Range Interceptor Missiles, Senator Says

A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said April 7 that the United States should more than double its inventory of long-range, ground-based interceptors to defend against North Korea’s growing ballistic missile threat. While the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is on track to reach 44 interceptors, mostly at Fort Greely in Alaska, by […]

IAI's MRSAM missile test in June 2016. Photo: IAI

India Awards Israel’s IAI $2 Billion For Air And Missile Defense Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said it has received $2 billion in contracts from India for air and missile defense systems, including a $1.6 billion award for an advanced medium-range surface-to-air and missile defense system (MRSAM) for India’s Army. IAI said last Thursday that the $1.6 billion award is the largest in its history. The contracts […]