|Mobility||Multi-use land/sea deployable mobile defense system|
|Targets||Planned for all types of ballistic missiles|
|Role||Extended coverage boost and midcourse phase missile defense.|
|Status||Funding cancelled as of June 2009.|
|Producer||Northrop Gruman, Raytheon (as subcontractor)|
The Kinetic Energy Interceptors program’s mission is to provide the Ballistic Missile Defense System with a strategically deployable, tactically mobile land- and sea-based capability to defeat medium- to long-range ballistic missiles during the boost, ascent, and midcourse phases of flight. The Kinetic Energy Interceptor’s weapon system has the potential capacity to be deployed as an element of the Integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System in three configurations: land-mobile, sea-mobile, and land-fixed. These multiple deployment configurations increase engagement opportunities, enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System’s layered defensive capability, and decrease life-cycle operational costs by leveraging common sub-components across the three deployed configurations.
The Kinetic Energy Interceptor weapon system is comprised of three major components: a missile launcher; a fire control and communication unit; and a high acceleration interceptor that delivers payloads capable of destroying adversary’s ballistic missiles and their lethal payloads using kinetic energy.
The program was terminated due to the fiscal and technological issues in May 2009.