Lockheed Martin announced today that it has completed its first mission for the
U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) Targets and Countermeasures program, for
which the company is prime contractor. Lockheed Martin provided the test missile
for the MDA's successful Cobra Dane radar tracking exercise this week.
The Lockheed Martin industry team launched the target missile from a US Air
Force C-17 aircraft over the Pacific Ocean hundreds of kilometers from the Cobra
Dane radar at Eareckson Air Station in Shemya, Alaska. The radar successfully
tracked the test missile, demonstrating the preparedness of this element of the
Ballistic Missile Defense System. The AN/FPS-108 Cobra Dane radar is a
ground-based sensor for tracking incoming threat missiles.
For the exercise, Lockheed Martin subcontractor L-3 Coleman Aerospace of
Orlando, Florida, constructed a launch vehicle that simulated a realistic
The Targets and Countermeasures program provides realistic test environments for
the Ballistic Missile Defense System being developed by the MDA to defend
against all classes of ballistic missiles. The MDA awarded Lockheed Martin Space
Systems Company the Targets and Countermeasures prime contract in 2003. Lockheed
Martin's team includes six major subcontractors. The team's expertise spans
systems engineering, design, manufacture and air-, land- and sea-launch
capabilities. The Flexible Targets Family approach to be implemented in 2007
will further reduce cost and cycle time through the use of common subsystems and
components for reentry vehicles, instrumentation, countermeasures, boosters and
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