Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Kinetic Energy Interceptor
Origin: United States of America
ATK Alliant Techsystems, Northrop Grumman* and Raytheon (*) lead contractor
Parent System: KEI
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2010
Total Production: ?
Total Cost: USD$4.5 billion
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Description: The Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) is a mobile, land-based missile developed by a Northrop-Grumman/Raytheon team . It is in development and testing phase and should achieve operational status in the 2010-2012 timeframe. It is being designed to effectively intercept and destroy a ballistic missile during its boost/ascent phase of flight or within the first 250 seconds of ballistic flight. The propulsion system will consist of a two-stage layout with the stage 1 motor being a solid-propellant rocket motor provided by ATK's Utah manufacturing site in Magna. Stage 2 motor will also be provided by ATK at its facility in Elkton, Maryland. According to current schedule, stage 2 motor will enter testing in 2005 and stage 1 motor in 2006.
The KEI interceptor will be deployed on both land and sea-based platforms. The C-17 Transportable land-based KEI comprises launch unit, HMMWV mounted BMCS, and satellite receivers for target acquisition through information provided by intelligence satellites. The program was cancelled in 2012.
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