The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) plans to brief industry this week on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) acquisition after canceling the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program.

The government will hold a Kick-off Industry Day with potential offeror on Aug. 29 at the MDA Von Braun II building at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., the government said in a FedBizOpps (FBO) notice Aug. 23.

The Missile Defense Agency conducted a flight test of a Ground-Based Interceptor carrying a Raytheon Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle on Jan. 26, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
(Photo:Missile Defense Agency)

The agency said meeting notices will be provided on Aug. 28 and the event will be classified Secret.

The associated draft RFP and other documents will be provided to participants at the end of the day via CDs.

The Defense Department is moving to a NGI after it canceled the RKV last week due to technical issues too hard and/or costly to fix (Defense Daily, Aug. 21).

At the time, the Pentagon said it will start a new competition for a new NGI with a new kill vehicle. The agency expects the research and testing work from RKV will be applicable for NGI.

“Lessons learned from the RKV development program, including technology advances achieved prior to the termination, will be incorporated into the new interceptor program,” MDA spokesman Mark Wright told Defense Daily when the program was canceled.