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.


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

Boost Phase Missile Defense

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

Directed Energy

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

Electromagnetic Railgun

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

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

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

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

Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS)

As a part of the 2019 Missile Defense Review (MDR), the Trump Administration called for studies into space-based sensor systems.

Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)

The Joint All-Domain Command & Control (JADC2) is the initiative to replace the current domain and control systems with one

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

Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS)

Quick Facts Role and Mobility Expeditionary; towed, road-mobile; fits in C-17 Frequency C-band for primary mission; Dual-frequency X- & S-band

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

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

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)

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

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.

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