The Missile Defense Agency is announcing the award of a contract ceiling increase of $120 million to Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, increasing the total contract value from $688,966,325 to $808,966,325. Under this modification, the contractor will continue to provide SM-3 design and engineering, in-service engineering support, production engineering and obsolescence, surveillance and flight test support, and transition to production.
Northrop Grumman Corporation, McLean, Virginia, recently announced that it has been awarded a $334 million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support. The LAIRCM system functions by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat and activating a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile. Northrop Grumman will deliver LAIRCM hardware and provide associated support to the Air Force beginning immediately and continuing through April 2014.
The British Ministry of Defence recently announced plans to develop a Royal Navy missile defense system, known as Sea Ceptor, capable of intercepting and destroying enemy missiles traveling at supersonic speeds. The £483 million ($761.3 million) contract to develop the system will be awarded to a U.K. company.
The NATO Command and Control System Management Agency on behalf of the NATO Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office and in coordination with the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency, recently awarded a contract to ThalesRaytheonSystems to implement operator identified requirements in NATO's Interim Theatre Missile Defense Capability. The contract will upgrade the operational hardware and software of the interim capability to the standards being implemented in the latest configuration of NATO's Air command and Control System.
Interocean American Shipping Corporation, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a potential $165,204,573 firm-fixed-price contract for the operation and maintenance of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar platform (SBX-1). SBX-1 will be deployed to the Pacific Ocean to provide ballistic missile-tracking information to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD). SBX-1 will also provide advanced target and countermeasures discrimination capability for the GMD interceptor missiles.
ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded a $19,082,151 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification to provide system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance sensors. Electronic Security Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is announcing the award of a indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, California, with a maximum value of approximately $48 million. General Atomics will work with MDA to provide research and development to demonstrate precision 3-dimensional tracking of ballistic missiles from a long-endurance, high-altitude unmanned air system.
TT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded a nearly $8 million contract modification for system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance sensors. Electronic Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a nearly $7 million contract for the procurement of 10,500 antenna elements used in the Patriot missile system. The U.S. Army Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
The Missile Defense Agency recently announced the award of a $14 million sole-source contract modification to Raytheon Company, Woburn, Massachusetts. The total contract value is nearly $2 billion. Raytheon will perform the engineering and developmental effort required to maintain software required to operate the AN/TPY-2 radars.
PACOM has the overarching responsibility for ensuring security in the Asia-Pacific region. The organization's commander offers that if PACOM can get its five focus areas right, it will have achieved its goals and enable it to focus on other challenges. What's the ideal future scenario? Read the complete interview and share your input.
Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Redondo Beach, California, was recently awarded a nearly $9 million research and development contract for the Robust Electric Laser Initiative (RELI). The focus of RELI is to improve the current state of the art of electric lasers. U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Contracting and Acquisition Management Office, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
The Missile Defense Agency recently announced the award of a contract modification valued at more than $22 million to Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts. Raytheon will continue to provide support services for AN/TPY-2 radar flight and ground testing. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.
ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $22 million contract modification to provide system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance sensors. U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $20 million contract to provide Space Command missile warning/missile defense survivability/vulnerability requirements analysis. 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Antimissile capabilities have advanced far beyond the brute-force systems of the 1960s or the science-fictionesque concepts of the 1980s. Decades of research are paying off as effective systems are moving into the field. Once-exotic technologies are poised to change the balance of power between rogue nations exploiting ballistic missile proliferation and the democracies they threaten with missile attack.
The dream of zapping incoming missiles traveling at supersonic speeds into nonexistence is becoming closer to reality as laser science transitions from the laboratory to the field. Research into several different laser technologies is bearing fruit, and soon warfighters and civilians may be protected from threats as simple as mortar rounds or as complex as nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles.
A key Pacific ally of the United States has become the first foreign nation to field a sea-based ballistic missile interception system. The technology is a modification of the Aegis air defense weapons system designed to track and destroy short- and intermediate-range missiles. This capability permits Japanese warships to defend their island nation from attack by neighboring states.