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IBCS completes key tests, teeing up full-rate production decision for Army

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The Integrated Battle Command System program has completed IOT&E, prime contractor Northrop Grumman announced.

US Missile Defense Review includes new focus on kamikaze drones, other UAS threats

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The new MDR departs from previous iterations of the U.S. strategy document in highlighting the threat posed by unmanned aerial systems.

Pentagon to phase out use of geostationary satellites for missile warning, missile tracking

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The plan highlights the DOD’s embrace of proliferated low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite architectures, which officials view as more resilient than the larger, more expensive spacecraft that currently reside in GEO.

MDA’s role in upcoming homeland cruise missile defense demo now unclear

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After being passed over as the lead organization for developing new capabilities to defend the homeland against enemy cruise missiles, the Missile Defense Agency is trying to figure out what its role will be in a highly anticipated technology demonstration scheduled for fiscal 2023 and how it will be executed. Last month, under pressure from lawmakers for a decision, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks tapped the Air Force to be…

MDA director unsure if new hypersonic missile interceptor can be fielded before 2030

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Under pressure to develop new capabilities for countering adversaries’ hypersonic weapons, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said he isn’t ready to commit to a timeline for delivering a new glide phase interceptor (GPI). On Monday, MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill was asked if the system will be ready in the 2020s and whether additional funding would help the agency accelerate the schedule for the weapon. “We argue…

Pentagon’s Hicks wants more focus on cyber, EW capabilities for missile defense

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The Pentagon needs to evolve in its approach to air and missile defense, particularly through non-kinetic, technological means, according to the department’s No. 2 official. The U.S. military faces a range of threats, from small drones to hypersonic weapons. While there is still a key need for “kinetic” weapons such as missile interceptors to defeat threats, “increasingly we have to be looking at opportunities that are non-kinetic,” Deputy Secretary of…

Air Force, Army remain divided over modernization investments

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Senior Army officials are touting a variety of new ground-based, long-range missiles that are in the works and could be deployed against China in the coming years. But an Air Force leader says the military would be better off if funding for those programs were directed toward air-and-missile defense capabilities. The ongoing interservice disagreement over modernization investments was on display this week at Washington think tanks where military leaders spoke…

Northrop Grumman demonstrates two successful flight tests for Integrated Battle Command System

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Northrop Grumman successfully completed two flight tests for the Army’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), increasing the level of sophistication of the system to track missiles, the contractor announced Thursday. The tests, which were conducted in March, were part of the initial operational test and evaluation for the air defense system with a third slated to take place in the fall. At White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the tests…

Space Development Agency about to issue solicitation for new missile tracking satellites

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The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency will issue a solicitation in the next week or two for a tranche of low-Earth orbit satellites dedicated to tracking enemy missiles, a senior defense official said Tuesday. Tranche 1 will include 28 spacecraft, and SDA intends to award contracts to at least two vendors to build the systems, which are expected to begin launching in early 2025, the official told reporters on condition of…