missile defense

June 25, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from the Reagan Test Site in Kwajalein Atoll. THAAD is one component of a layered missile defense system being configured to stop incoming missile attacks. (Credit: Missile Defense Agency)

Cruise missiles are a serious threat challenging defensive systems, and advances in hypersonic design and performance promise to make them even more deadly, say U.S. missile defense flag officers. Peer adversaries are testing systems that would threaten U.S. assets both tactically and strategically, and the military services are working with the Missile Defense Agency on layered defenses that would serve both purposes.

May 11, 2020
 

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded a $9,443,405 task order (FA8523-20-F-0027) on basic contract FA8523-19-D-0006 for engineering sustainment in support of the AAR-44, AAR-47 and Georgia Tech Synthetic Imaging Missile Simulation systems.  This order provides support to the analysis and evaluation of various electronic optical/infrared and radio frequency threats and responses which will improve the survivability, reliability and mission success for U.S.

June 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Currently in development, the X-60A will serve the hypersonic flight test and suborbital research communities with an air-launched single-stage liquid booster.  Original image by Generational Orbit. Edited by Chris D’Elia.

Achieving and maintaining hypersonic flight—Mach 5 and above—remains a major challenge, but officials at U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory envision a day when hypersonic technologies are developed and deployed much more quickly and affordably than is currently possible.

The X-60A hypersonic flight test vehicle is central to that goal. The Generation Orbit system will be used to test technologies at hypersonic speeds. The idea is to increase the frequency of flight testing while lowering the cost of maturing hypersonic technologies in relevant flight conditions.

 

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group, Ltd has been awarded a five-year, $225 million task order for Engineering, Professional, Administrative, and Support Services (EPASS) with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC). The company will support the Battle Management Directorate Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems (HBQ) Division based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Massachusetts.

March 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
The E-6B Mercury has been dubbed the most dangerous aircraft in the world because of its capability to command and control nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. The next-generation Airborne Launch Control System will be capable of launching both Minuteman III and Ground-Based Deterrence System missiles. Credit: Josh Plueger

The next-generation airborne missile control system being developed by the U.S. Air Force will take advantage of modern communications and electronics systems such as software-defined radios to provide a number of capabilities, including improved cybersecurity.

January 17, 2018
 

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a university affiliated research center in Laurel, Maryland, is being awarded a $933,798,332 non-competitive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Under this contract, the contractor will provide systems engineering and technical support to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). MDA's mission is to develop and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.

August 28
 

LLockheed Martin Corporation, Rotary and Mission Systems Division in Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $9,451,695 modification (P00040) to previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract HQ0147-16-C-0011. The modification brings the total cumulative value of the contract to $681,880,588 from $672,428,893. The modification provides for development efforts associated with quantifying discrimination performance and evolving threats. Work will be performed at Moorestown, New Jersey, with an expected completion date of February 2019. Missile Defense Agency fiscal year 2016 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,269,400 will be obligated at time of award.

June 26, 2017
 

Boecore Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $93,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for shared early warning system (SEWS) support. Contractor will provide sustainment, operations, maintenance and support of SEWS under Air Force Space Command responsibility. Work will be performed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2022. This contract involves foreign military sales to combatant commands and combatant command-sponsored foreign partners. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received.

May 23, 2017
 

Linquest Corp., Los Angeles, California, has been awarded a $13,546,889 modification (P00005) to previously awarded contract (FA8810-16-F-0003) for technical support under the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. Contractor will provide engineering consulting and technical advisory services to the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate. Work will be performed at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be complete by May 22, 2018. Fiscal 2017 space procurement funds in the amount of $13,546,889 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

 

March 6, 2017
 
Harris Corporation has been awarded two contract modifications to support missile defense radar systems, including the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System.

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $27,972,060 modification (P00763) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator for Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Pave Phased Array Warning system sustainment support. The contractor will provide the sustainment posture of the systems, which include field service team, mission assurance, system program agency operations, weapon system management and engineering.

November 29, 2016
 

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $26,223,357 modification for Taiwan Early Warning Radar Surveillance Radar Program Missile Warning Center. Contractor will upgrade missile warning centers to address obsolescence concerns. Work will be performed at Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by May 28, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This award is 100 percent foreign military sales to Taiwan. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-13-C-0003).

July 28, 2016
 

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a sole-source modification 30 under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HQ0147-12-D-0005). The value of this contract modification is $132,455,000, which increases the total ceiling value from $910,460,000 to $1,042,915,000. Under this contract modification, the contractor will continue software maintenance, models and simulations, engineering support and Ballistic Missile Defense System test planning, execution and analysis for X-Band radars. This modification will also include software development. No task orders are being issued at this time.

May 9, 2016
 

Raytheon Co. - Integrated Defense System, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $28,656,989 modification (P00005) to previously awarded contract FA8730-15-C-0002 for the Qatar Air and Missile Defense Operations Center. Work will be performed at Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by May 4, 2017. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Qatar. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

 

May 2, 2016
 
Raytheon is being awarded more than $89 million to update and install Plug and Fight A-Kit end items and to support Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

Raytheon Co., Huntsville, Alabama was awarded an $89,525,958 cost-plus-fixed-fee multi-year contract to update and install Plug & Fight (P&F) A-Kit end items and provide Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) integration, test and evaluation support. One bid was solicited with one received with an estimated completion date of May 1, 2020. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-16-D-0020).

 

April 29, 2016
 

Exelis Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $58,018,301 modification (P00642) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR) Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Pave Phased Array Warning System (BPP) sustainment support projects. Contractor will maintain the sustainment posture of the BPP systems, which include field service team, mission assurance, system program agency operations and weapon system management and engineering.

September 2, 2015
 

Raytheon Co. - Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $175,081,326 undefinitized contract action contract for Phase II of the Qatar Air and Missile Defense Operations Center (ADOC) program. Contractor will provide for the procurement, delivery, and installation of the Qatar ADOC as well as the future integration of multiple air and missile systems into the ADOC. Contract types associated with this effort will be cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee level-of-effort, and cost-reimbursable. This is a Foreign Military Sales acquisition between the U.S.

August 19, 2015
 

Thales-Raytheon Systems Co. LLC, Fullerton, California, has been awarded a $12,481,823 modification (P00031) to the previous award (FA8722-10-C-0001) for Battle Control System sustainment. Contractor will provide for the replacement and integration of the technical data link interface device within the Battle Control System. Work will be performed at Fullerton, California, and is expected to be complete by May 17, 2018. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 Air Force "other" procurement funds in the amount of $12,481,823 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

 

July 24, 2015
 

Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $20,753,021 modification (P00329) to previously awarded F19628-00-C-0019 contract. Contractor will provide critical mission operations for the North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment office in support of air, missile and space defense for the National Command Authority. Work will be performed at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2015.

June 4, 2015
 
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches for an operational test. Boeing has been awarded a $466,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for missile guidance repair.

The Boeing Co., Newark, Ohio, has been awarded a $466,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for missile guidance repair. Contractor will repair Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile guidance set. Work will be performed at Newark, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by June 2, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $22,707,999 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8214-15-D-0002).

 

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