WASHINGTON — The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., a $32 million contract modification to provide targets for use in testing the agency’s ballistic missile interceptors, according to a Jan. 22 posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
The deal includes providing targets as well as supporting flight tests with program management, mission planning products, assembly, integration and test and launch services for missile targets and payloads, Lynn Fisher, a Lockheed Martin spokeswoman, said in a Jan. 23 email. The announcement did not specify what kind of missile — long-range or medium-range — the targets were designed to emulate.
Earlier this month Congress approved about $491 million worth of spending on ballistic missile targets for 2014, up from $435 million a year ago.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Lockheed Martin has a record of 45 successful target missions out of 46 from 1996 through 2013, Fisher said.