The head of the Missile Defense Agency said Jan. 19 the schedule for a new kill vehicle will be based on rigor and process, not hard deadlines.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon a $2.3 billion contract modification to build as many as 52 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block 1B interceptors.
The company won a $784 million contract to build a long-range discrimination radar that would identify incoming missile threats from the Pacific region, primarily North Korea.
U.S. Defense Department leaders want the Missile Defense Agency to lower the notional cost of stopping an incoming strike.
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon will develop concepts for a kill vehicle capable of taking out multiple objects simultaneously under MDA study contracts.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency now envisions a partnership with the U.S. Air Force on a system that would also perform space surveillance.
A senior U.S. Missile Defense Agency official expressed concern June 18 about a House spending bill that provides some 22 percent less funding than requested for a new kill vehicle and said the impact could spill over onto other programs.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Pentagon are studying the organization’s long-term need for sensors that detect ballistic missiles, a move that could help determine the size of the agency’s missile-tracking satellite constellation in the 2020s.
U.S. lawmakers continue to push for an East Coast interceptor site to defend against long-range ballistic missiles, but top Pentagon officials want the Missile Defense Agency to focus on other priorities first.