Future BMD Systems

As technology allows new threats to evolve, the options for fielding a robust missile defense to protect the U.S. homeland, our deployed forces and allies also continue to broaden. Approaches thought to be unfeasible decades ago are quickly becoming possible and even practical. While some initiatives look to harness revolutionary technologies such as directed energy, others move to enhance currently deployed systems with existing technology.

Medium-Range Discrimination Radar

Overview The Medium-Range Discrimination Radar (MRDR) is a proposed sensor system and component of layered Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and Ground-based Midcourse Read More

Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Quick Facts Contractor Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Unit Cost $104 million Cruise Speed 357 mph Range 14,150 miles Maximum Altitude 60,000 feet Wingspan Read More

Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MQ-9)

Quick Facts Contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Unit Cost $64.2 million Cruise Speed ~230mph Range 1,150 miles Maximum Altitude 50,000 feet Wingspan 66 Read More


 Facts Mobility Sea-based and is highly mobile Role Planned to replace AN/SPY-1 as the primary radar for the Aegis Combat System Deployment Scheduled Read More

Boost Phase Missile Defense

Boost phase missile defense entails the destruction of an enemy missile during the earliest stages of its flight, while it remains within the Read More

Directed Energy

Overview Directed energy weapons stand as a potentially tremendous development for any missile defense system, both in their own right and as a Read More

Electromagnetic Railgun

Facts Mobility Ship-mounted and highly mobile Range ~100 nautical miles Speed Up to Mach 6 Role Provide Naval ships with precise surface fire Read More

Hyper-Velocity Powder Gun

 Quick Facts Mobility Can be mounted on Paladin, Howitzer-type weapon or Navy ship Range 30 nautical miles[1] Role Provide ground forces and naval Read More

LPD Based Ballistic Missile Defense Ship

The LPD Based Ballistic Missile Defense Ship (BMD Ship) is a conceptual naval ship design with proven pedigree and potential applications for U.S. homeland and Read More

Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR)

Overview In October 2015, Lockheed Martin won a quarter-billion-dollar ballistic missile defense contract to build and operate a solid-state long-range radar system called Read More

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

Facts Mobility Highly mobile Role Protect against tactical or medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and aircraft Frequency Radars work in Read More

Multi-Mission Launcher (MML)

Quick Facts Mobility Road-mobile; Mounted atop a medium tactical truck Targets Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), cruise missiles, rockets, artillery, and mortars Role Short- Read More

Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV)

Overview The Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) system allows more than one kill vehicle to be launched from a single booster. The system consists Read More

F-35 Lightning II

Quick Facts Contractor Lockheed Martin Unit Cost F-35A: $89.2 Million F-35B: $ 115.5 Million F-35C: $107.7 Million Cruise Speed 1,200 mph (Mach 1.6) Read More

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