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SMDR for Mon., February 12. Vol. 18, Issue 3

Newsletter Boeing Wins $6.56 Billion MDA Contract To Continue As GMD Prime Integrator The Missile Defense Agency awarded Boeing [BA] a $6.56 billion modification to a previous contract to extend its development and sustainment contract (DSC) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense program, the Defense Department said Jan. 31. The DSC covers development, fielding, test, […]

Raytheon Wins $2.3 Billion Army Contract For International Patriot Upgrades And Refresh

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon [RTN] a $2.3 billion contract on Jan. 30 for engineering services to support the Patriot missile defense systems to support software and refresh obsolescence in both U.S. and partner international systems. This hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and level-of-effort contract will divide work locations and funding based on individual orders. The total work is […]

Lockheed Martin Wins $524 Million Contract For More Patriot Missile Interceptors

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $524 million modification Feb. 6 to a domestic and foreign military sales (FMS) contract for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile segment enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles. The modification covers PAC-3 missiles, cost reduction initiative (CRI) missiles, launcher modification kits, and associated ground support equipment for the U.S., Qatar, Saudi Arabia, […]

SM-3 IIA Missile Defense Test In Hawaii Reportedly Fails, Defense Tester Report Finds Lower Confidence

A Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Navy test intercept of a Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile(SM)-3 Block IIA from Hawaii reportedly missed its target on Jan. 31, according to a report from CNN. The MDA was unwilling to speak to the test result when reached for comment, but did confirm the test occurred this morning. “The Missile Defense Agency […]

Falcon Heavy’s Center Booster Missed Landing Ship And Splashed Into Ocean

The center booster that SpaceX used in Falcon Heavy’s first flight test late Feb. 6 failed to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean as planned, according to company founder Elon Musk. The booster, or core, ran out of propellant used to slow its descent to Earth, causing it to slam into the water at […]

Air Force Issues Final RFP For Five Launches

The U.S. Air Force released a final request for proposals Jan. 31 to launch five Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spacecraft in the early 2020s. According to the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in California, which announced the RFP, the solicitation includes the fiscal year 2021 launches of two Air […]

Lockheed Martin Wins $459 Million Contract For More THAAD Interceptors

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $459 million modification on Jan. 26 to produce additional Lot 10 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors. The modification exercises an option on a previously-awarded contract for these additional interceptors and provide associated production support efforts under fixed-price incentive-firm target contract line item numbers. Last March […]

Boeing Wins $6.56 Billion MDA Contract To Continue As GMD Prime Integrator

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Boeing [BA] a $6.56 billion modification to a previous contract to extend its development and sustainment contract (DSC) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense program, the Defense Department said Jan. 31. The DSC covers development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training, and operations […]

SMDR for Mon., January 29. Vol. 18, Issue 2

Newsletter Officials: Hypervelocity Weapon Transitioning To Services This Year; New Army Missile Defense Strategy To Be Finished This Summer The Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) expects to start transitioning the hypervelocity gun weapon system (HGWS) to the services over the next year, an official said Jan. 25. Vincent Sabio, program manager for the HGWS […]

Lawmakers Plan To Keep Close Eye On DoD Space Overhaul

The House Armed Services Committee intends to closely monitor how the Department of Defense implements the space management overhaul recently mandated by Congress, the panel’s chairman said Jan. 16. The committee wants to ensure that the reorganization gives space the increased attention it needs and assigns more accountability to space decision-makers, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) […]