Lockheed Martin-Developed Systems, Capabilities LED Ballistic Missile Defense Efforts in 2008

BETHESDA, Md. , Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin-developed missile defense system elements led global ballistic missile defense efforts in 2008 with five successful target intercepts, including two international intercepts, and numerous...


-- Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin's High Altitude Airship (HAA(TM)) program transferred from the MDA to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), located at Huntsville, AL . With this program transfer, the USASMDC is continuing the development and demonstration of the HAA to align with the USASMDC mission. The HAA effort is a spiral development program for a family of long-endurance autonomous solar-electric, stratospheric airships that is recoverable for reuse. The HAA technology is available now and ready for integration and flight test. The first phase of HAA spiral development is the High Altitude Long Endurance Demonstrator (HALE-D). The HALE-D will demonstrate the feasibility of controlled high altitude lighter-than-air flight while carrying a payload for a duration of two weeks. The HALE-D is scheduled for flight test the summer of 2009. The HAA will integrate multiple payloads to address multiple missions at a cost of 1 to 2 orders of magnitude less than any other airborne platform.


-- In January, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $66 million contract to incorporate the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement Missile into the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). PAC-3 will serve as the tri-national program's baseline interceptor.

In February, MEADS completed its system Preliminary Design Review. The MEADS international team is now preparing for the 2010 Critical Design Review.


-- Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a free-flight hover test of the MDA's Multiple Kill Vehicle-L (MKV-L) December 2 , the first of several tests to prove readiness for flight testing aboard midcourse interceptors. Performed at the National Hover Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, the test represented a major step forward for the earliest operational payload designed to destroy multiple threat objects with a single missile defense interceptor. Earlier in the year, Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated engagement management algorithms, tested a divert thruster and calibrated an infrared sensor.

PAC-3 Missile

-- In September, the first international PAC-3 Missile flight test was successfully performed by the Patriot Japan Self Defense Force at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The Japanese PAC-3 Missile used hit-to-kill technologies to successfully detect, track, intercept and destroy a tactical ballistic missile target in a realistic battlefield environment.

The following month, Lockheed Martin supported a second international PAC-3 Missile flight test with the Airmen of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). It was the first time a German PATRIOT launcher executed a PAC-3 Missile launch. Both the Japanese and German systems flew with Patriot Configuration-3 upgrades.

Early in the year, Lockheed Martin was awarded contracts totaling $556 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile program. The PAC-3 system has successfully intercepted 22 out of 25 targets since testing began in the mid-1990s.

In December, Lockheed Martin received additional contracts totaling $774 million from the U.S. Army for the PAC-3 Missile program. These contracts include fiscal year 2009 missile production for the U.S. Army as well as the first sale of the PAC-3 Missile Segment to the United Arab Emirates .


-- In December, the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was certified for operations by U.S. Strategic Command. The formal certification completed the system development, operational activation and certification process, demonstrating the capability of the SBIRS HEO sensor and associated ground system to provide timely, accurate missile warning data to the Warfighter. SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.