Tag Archives | Missile Defense

Airborne Laser hits 16-year-old goal — extremely quietly [Updated w/video]

The Missile Defense Agency has spent 16 years and $6 billion to reach this moment: the Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) has shot down a short-range ballistic target, demonstrating the lethal potential of 1MW-class chemical laser in-flight for the first time. [Read my full article here.]Despite the event’s significance, the MDA and the Boeing-led industry […]

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VIDEO: Multiple Kill Vehicle hover test

Here’s video of Lockheed Martin’s MKV hover test on December 2. Looks impressive …

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Northrop Grumman team survives fun-KEI business

The Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) appears to have overcome both budget and design scares within the past few weeks. A proposed Congressional funding cut for the Northrop Grumman-led programme was reversed in the final version of the budget approved by lawmakers last week, the company says. Also, a potentially fatal design flaw in the second […]

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Intercepts

Today, you can: 1. Spend a year telling contractors that you want to develop a sophisticated data link to integrate on the air mobility fleet, then abruptly reverse course and signal that you’d rather buy an off the shelf antenna, but thanks for everybody’s time. 2. Develop a new unmanned aerial vehicle designed by InSitu […]

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