Lockheed-Martin to Provide Targets for Missile Defense


Released on Tuesday, December 9, 2003
United States of America
ABMD - Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
KEI - Kinetic Energy Interceptor
MDA - Missile Defense Agency
THAAD - Theater High Altitude Area Defense
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Lockheed-Martin a prime contract worth $210 million to manage the overall missile defense countermeasures and targets portfolio.

This contract supports target system engineering, design, and management, from December 2003 to December 2007. Potentially, this contract could be extended up to 10 years with an estimated value of $4.6 billion if all options are exercised.

The targets and countermeasures provided through this contract will enable the US military to realistically, affordably and reliably to test the full range of ballistic defense under development.

The Airborne Laser (ABL), Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI), Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (ABMD), Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3), and Theater High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defenses will be tested employing countermeasures and targets provided through the contract awarded to Lockheed-Martin.

The countermeasures and targets provided by Lockheed-Martin should be able to reproduce advanced capabilities of ballistic missiles under development worldwide that could be used against the United States homeland or its military forces deployed overseas.

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