Missile Defense News

April 6, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Commentary: Next steps for homeland missile defense

Defense News WASHINGTON — Should North Korea fire a long-range ballistic missile in anger, America’s only line of defense is an integrated system of interceptors and sensors known as the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD). The program currently provides a thin layer of defense against small-scale attacks of relatively unsophisticated missiles. This level of protection,… read more

April 4, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon to Help Reduce Risk of Space Object Kill Vehicle Under $60M MDA Contract

ExecutiveBiz Raytheon has won a three-year, $59.6 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency to carry out a technology risk reduction effort for the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle platform. The Defense Department said Monday the contract is part of MDA’s strategy to boost performance and decrease risk for communications systems; high sensitivity multi-band sensor; survivable processor; KV divert and attitude control system; bus sensor and sensor… read more

April 4, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon’s AN / SPY-6(V) radar successfully detects ballistic missile test target

Naval-Technology.com Raytheon’s AN / SPY-6(V) air and missile defence radar has successfully detected the ballistic missile test target at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai, Hawaii. The radar searched for, acquired and tracked the ballistic missile test target during its first dedicated Ballistic Missile Defence exercise. The radar system has now… read more

April 3, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Lockheed Martin-Built SBIRS Successfully Transmitting Images

Forecast International: SUNNYVALE, Calif. – From its final orbit location 22,000 miles above the equator, the third Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite recently sent its first images back down to Earth, a milestone known as “first light.” The satellite was launched on Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket… read more

April 3, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Israel PM warns enemies at missile defense ceremony

ABC News: A joint U.S.-Israeli missile interceptor meant to counter the type of medium-range missiles possessed by Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants became operational Sunday, completing Israel’s multi-layer defense system amid tensions on its frontiers with Syria and Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the unveiling ceremony for the David’s Sling system that defending the home… read more

March 31, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Navy upgrades E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar

Defense Systems: The Navy is working with industry to procure next generation software for its latest E-2D Advanced Hawkeye surveillance planes, an aircraft designed to help integrate advanced radar, data communication, and drone control capabilities to detect and intercept cruise missile launches. Originally procured through a contract with Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aerospace Systems in… read more

March 31, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Navy Successfully Conducts First SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar BMD Test

Seapower Magazine: The U.S. Navy successfully conducted a flight test March 15 with the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) off the west coast of Hawaii, Naval Sea Systems Command announced in a March 30 release. During a flight test designated Vigilant Hunter, the AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR searched for, detected and maintained track on a… read more

March 31, 2017 | Missile Defense News

US Missile Defense Agency aims for high-power laser tests in 2021

IHS Jane’s 360: The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is eyeing two possible laser solutions for boost phase missile intercepts and hopes to trial the technology with high-power systems by 2021. MDA previously managed a large-scale programme that was intended to destroy boosting missiles with a laser, but it was cancelled. The manned Boeing YAL-1… read more

March 31, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Poland expects to ink $7.6 billion deal for Patriot systems by end-2017

Reuters: Poland expects to sign a deal worth up to $7.6 billion with U.S. firm Raytheon to buy eight Patriot missile defense systems by the end of the year, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said on Friday. Warsaw sees the deal as central to a thorough modernization of its armed forces by 2023, in light of… read more

March 30, 2017 | Missile Defense News

US Navy to christen first Flight IIA Technology Insertion destroyer

Navaltoday.com: The U.S. Navy announced it would christen its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), on Saturday, April 1, at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The future Thomas Hudner is named in honor of naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas J. Hudner Jr., the last living… read more

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