The SM-3 Block 2A interceptor is a bigger and more capable version of the Raytheon-built SM-3 Block 1A and 1B interceptors.
SBIRS GEO-3 launched successfully aboard a ULA Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 20.
The launch of the Lockheed Martin-built satellite was originally scheduled for October but was pushed back to investigate an engine issue.
As the U.S. military works on developing its next-generation missile defense systems, more of the resources need to be focused in space, experts said Dec. 14.
A new missile co-developed by the United States and Japan is expected to face its first intercept test this October, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Aug. 17.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded the Utah State University Research Foundation a contract to continue to research, develop and build state-of-the-art space-based sensors, according to an Aug. 16 announcement from the Pentagon.
Space is the place for a variety of missile defense tasks — including launch detection, tracking, discrimination, intercept, and kill assessment.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency exercised a contract option with Raytheon worth $523 million to build 47 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block 1B interceptors, according to an Aug. 2 announcement from the Pentagon.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s first commercially hosted payload is now expected to launch in mid-2017, nine months later than the date officials used when they discussed the program in March 2015.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is using a high-risk acquisition approach to bolster its number of ground-based interceptors and counter growing threats from North Korea, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
North Korea's weekend rocket launch repeated earlier success rather than breaking new ground, using a nearly identical design from a 2012 launch, experts said.
North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test.
Japan put its military on alert on Wednesday to shoot down any North Korean rocket that threatens it, while South Korea warned the North it would pay a "severe price" if it goes ahead with a satellite launch that South Korea considers a missile test.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it held a successful flight test of its ground-based interceptor on Jan. 28, as part of an effort to correct long-standing problems with the missile’s kill vehicle.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has narrowed the list of potential East Coast interceptor sites down to three locations, eliminating a base in Maine.