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Northrop Grumman's family of target vehicles includes long-range ballistic target launch vehicles as well as medium- and short-range target vehicles designed to simulate threats to US and allied military forces deployed overseas. (All Photos: Northrop Grumman) US Air Force Brigadier General (Retired) Kenneth Todorov, Vice President for Missile Defense Solutions at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, discusses a wide range of issues during an exclusive interview with Marty Kauchak, MONCh US correspondent.

2018 Space & Missile Defense Symposium Day 1 (7 August)

Concurrently, the US Army continues to cautiously, but deliberately, eye the IRON DOME for its BMD order of battle. IRON DOME consists of the Rafael-developed launchers, each of which houses 20 TAMIR interceptors; a multi-mission Elta (an IAI subsidiary) radar; and a battle management and control system by Rafael and its mPrest subsidiary. Raytheon produces more than 50% of components for the IRON DOME’s TAMIR intercepting missile in the US. The army has completed tests and evaluations of IRON DOME dating back to 2016. The service declined to respond to MONCh’s email and telephone query on the topic. Just in time for the Space and Missile Defense (SMD) Symposium 2018 in Huntsville, AL/USA this week, MONCh (Mönch Online News Service) received a video of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' IRON DOME dual mission counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) and Very Short Range Air Defense (V-SHORAD) system from the company.  The US Army continues to cautiously, but deliberately, eye the IRON DOME for its BMD order of battle. IRON DOME consists of the Rafael-developed launchers, each of which houses 20 TAMIR interceptors; a multi-mission Elta (an Israel Aerospace Industries [IAI] subsidiary) radar; and a battle management and control system by Rafael and its mPrest subsidiary. Raytheon produces more than 50% of components for the IRON DOME’s TAMIR intercepting missile in the US. The US Army has completed tests and evaluations of IRON DOME dating back to 2016. The service declined to respond to MONCh’s email and telephone query on the topic.

Dual mission C-RAM and V-SHORAD system

Two Missile Programme Developments

ballistic missile defence (BMD) enterprise, sometimes in the unlikeliest of places. In one truly “behind the scenes” initiative below the OEM level, Jesse Garant Metrology Center US MIssile Defense Agency (MDA) General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group, Boeing and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(V)1 is an AESA S-band radar that provides more sensitivity and resources to cover more missions and more targets Gallium Nitride (GaN) Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR). The radar is scheduled to be delivered to the GMD site at Fort Greely, Alaska in 2020

New Technologies and Evolving Subsystem Components

Marks Transition from Science & Technology to Development Phase

Four PATRIOT fire units & GEM-T& PAC-3 MSE missiles; deliveries 2020-2025

Romania became the 14th Patriot partner nation when it signed an LoA with US government for the system (story here). This March, Poland signed an LOA, making it the 15th nation to rely on PATRIOT as backbone of its air and missile defence (story here). Mr Nachshen added, Sweden’s request for PATRIOT has been approved by the US Congress, and the Swedish MoD announced that they received the LOA (story here) and were in the process of reviewing it: “Recently, the head of the Army Design Office at the Swedish Materiel Administration gave an interview to Reuters indicating Sweden would sign the LOA in the near future, which will make them the 16th PATRIOT nation. Additionally, PATRIOT is one of three systems down selected by Switzerland for its air defence needs [Switzerland is eeking a ground-based system with a horizontal range of at least 50km (31mi) and altitude engagement capability of at least 12,000m (39,370ft), with the system’s radars contributing to the overall Swiss recognised air picture; systems to be invited to bid are the Eurosam's SAMP/T, Rafael's DAVID’s SLING and Raytheon's PATRIOT system

Programme technology enhancements on the horizon

EPAA, Romania  and Japan

It Takes the Entire Ballistic Missile Defence Enterprise


FMS sale of PATRIOT Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units

Award Brings Contract Value to $1.28 Billion

Aselsan signs business partnership with Roketsan and Tübitak Sage

Kongsberg & Patria enter into agreement on missile systems

Work includes radar test contract

T-LORAMIDS & S-400

Tokyo commits to ballistic missile defence capability

¥5.19 trillion includes cruise missiles

The Russian government announces the activation of three new missile defence radars.

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