16 Mar 2018

Lockheed Martin secures $80 million contract to build missile defence targets

The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin an $80.6 million fixed-price contract for modified ballistic re-entry vehicles and separation modules for missile defence tests.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will develop and produce unarmed re-entry vehicles for integration into target missiles through 2022. The contract also includes options for additional modified re-entry vehicles and mission support.

Instead of carrying warheads, modified ballistic re-entry vehicles carry sensors to measure the accuracy and effectiveness of the target, interceptor and missile defense system. Testing against a capable, threat-representative re-entry vehicle helps ensure the ballistic missile defense system is ready to detect and destroy enemy missiles.

The modified re-entry vehicles will be designed and produced in Alabama by Lockheed Martin with subcontractors including Huntsville companies Dynetics, Inc., which will provide the aeroshell structures, and Battelle, which will provide the hit detection system.

Sarah Reeves, Vice President of Missile Defense Programs at Lockheed Martin Space, said: “The re-entry vehicle is essentially the bullseye for an interceptor missile, and it is also one of the most complex parts of the target.

“In today’s environment, it’s incredibly important to test against threat-representative targets that look like enemy missiles, and we are proud to continue to provide that capability to the Missile Defense Agency.”

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