Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Miniature Kill Vehicle, MKV-L and MKV-R
Origin: United States of America
Lockheed Martin*, Octant Technologies and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (*) lead contractor
Parent System: MKV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2012
Total Production: ?
Total Cost: USD$768 million
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Description: The MKV (Miniature/Multiple Kill Vehicle) is an anti-missile interceptor warhead intended to destroy multiple ballistic missile reentry vehicles and decoys with a single launch. It will consist of multiple small kill vehicles that will destroy ballistic missile warheads as well as any deployed decoys in space colliding with them at the midcourse stage of the flight. In early 2004, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Lockheed Martin an 8-year contract worth $760 million for the development and demonstration (SDD) of MKV concept. A critical component to MKV is its pathfinder seeker also to be built by Lockheed Martin. Raytheon is also developing another variant of the MKV for the MDA called the MKV-R.
The MKV warhead is being designed to be integrated seamlessly in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Segment (GMDS) as well as other planned ballistic defense segments. A single GMDS rocket/booster equipped with the MKV should be able to intercept and destroy a single ballistic missile featuring multiple warheads and decoys. The program was cancelled in 2012.
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