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AMDR Work Continues, Northrop Announces Testing Success

The U.S. Navy is in the process of developing the successor to the SPY-1 radar and combat system that makes up part of the AEGIS Weapon System mounted on cruisers and destroyers. Originally designed to deal with a large number of aircraft and anti-ship missiles the system has been modified to address the ballistic missile threat to the United States. The new radar program is called the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and is currently in development.

In 2010 3 different contracts were awarded to U.S. defense contractors Northrop Grumman (NOC), Raytheon (RTN) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) to develop a version of the radar. The goal is later this year to move forward with another contract to complete development and engineering with a goal of selecting one provider. The new radar will go on ships like the DDG-1000 and new DDG-52 ships as they are built.

All 3 contractors have experience with Navy ship building, radars and missiles. In August Lockheed announced that it had already submitted their proposal for the next step of the program. Now today Northrop is showing its system and its testing. They also turned in a proposal this summer for the next phase.

Their AMDR system has completed some of its initial range testing including Near and Far field in Maryland. The testing has been successful demonstrating the capabilities of their design.

The AMDR program once it completes development and goes into production will replace the SPY-1 in the role of air as well as missile defense. While the Navy program for new ships remains in flux after 2013 due to the potential reductions in the U.S. defense budget it represents a huge program as it will be used for decades requiring further development, support and production.

Lockheed is the current contractor for the SPY-1 through acquiring Martin Marietta who had purchased the original developer and producer, General Electric (GE), defense work in this area.

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FY12 Defense Contracts Flow and Lockheed Martin Benefits

The Pentagon may be planning to reduce or hold spending flat in the upcoming years but with the final passage of the 2012 defense budget major contracts are now flowing to different contractors as Project and Program Offices place production orders. Lockheed Martin (LMT) benefited from this yesterday as they received the latest production contract for the PATRIOT PAC-3 missile.

The PATRIOT air and missile defense system is made up of two major parts: the radar and the interceptor. Currently Raytheon (RTN) is the prime contractor for the radar and command and control systems while Lockheed manufactures the current standard missile, the PAC-3. The PAC-3 version of the system in use since the late Eighties incorporates modifications to maximize missile defense capabilities while the missile is smaller, relies on hit-to-kill technology and is a significant upgrade to the earlier PAC-2 missile as it allows more rounds to be used by each launch unit.

The FY12 order is for both U.S. Army use as well as a follow on delivery for Taiwan. It has a value of just over $900 million and represents a rather significant contract. The work includes not only the missiles but also kits, spares, support equipment and engineering services.

The PATRIOT represents the shorter ranged part of the Army’s missile defense capability with the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system made by Lockheed providing longer range and larger area defense.

The PATRIOT has seen significant foreign military sales to countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Taiwan. It is especially valuable to those countries facing a ballistic missile threat like Israel, Taiwan and the Gulf States.

The PAC-3 missile has been in production for several years from Lockheed’s facility in Camden, AR.

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Missile Defense Agency Selects Raytheon to Provide New Missile Defense Radar — Press Release

Missile Defense Agency Selects Raytheon to Provide New Missile Defense Radar

$190 million award for eighth AN/TPY-2 radar

PR Newswire

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 27, 2010

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $190 million fixed price incentive fee contract to construct, integrate and test a new Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) radar. The AN/TPY-2 is the most capable and reliable radar currently deployed to defend against the ballistic missile threat.

“The AN/TPY-2 provides a critical Ballistic Missile Defense capability for the warfighter,” said David Gulla, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems. “We continue to partner with MDA to drive more affordability across our programs and enable a more rapid delivery of solutions into theater. We will continue to partner with our customer community and identify opportunities for increased cost savings and efficiencies.”

This will be the eighth AN/TPY-2 Raytheon has built for MDA. Raytheon delivered the seventh earlier this year, on cost and ahead of schedule. These radars are deployed by MDA for forward operations to deter, dissuade, and if necessary, enable defeat of enemy ballistic missiles, as well as to support test and development of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Raytheon’s AN/TPY-2 provides a common mission capability: in terminal-based mode with the THAAD Fire Control Center in support of the THAAD weapon system, and in a forward-based mode with Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications, enabling MDA’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is a phased array radar, capable of search, threat detection, classification, discrimination and precision tracking at extremely long ranges.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

SOURCE Raytheon Company

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MDA to Launch Contest for New AEGIS Missile

The U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have been developing a ship based anti-missile system for almost twenty years. The current system now in use is based on the Navy’s AEGIS system originally designed to counter aircraft, anti-ship missiles and helicopters. AEGIS is a system of systems that includes radars, command and control systems and variants of the STANDARD Missile now made by Raytheon (RTN). The SM-3 is the version designed to counter the ballistic missile threat equipped with a kinetic warhead.

MDA has announced that it will release three separate contracts to develop proposals for a new missile for this role to be based on Navy ships and integrated with the AEGIS system. Lockheed Martin (LMT) has said that they intend to bid with the goal of winning one of the contracts. The initial value of the contracts will be $45 million. Eventually the MDA will choose one or more of the proposals for further development ultimately leading to a new missile for this mission.

Several Navy cruisers and destroyers have had the system installed and Raytheon has produced quite a few of the SM-3 missiles for use by these ships.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin the prime contractors for the current missile and radar have been making incremental improvements to the AEGIS based missile defense system over the last several years. It has had several successful tests and in early 2008 the system was used to destroy a U.S. satellite that was falling to earth.

The new missile will presumably have improved performance and the ability to engage more stressing targets then the current one. The MDA is also exploring making a land based version of the AEGIS BMD system and the new missile may be optimized to support that role as well as the ship board one.

The path that MDA is taking with the multiple first round and then further development indicate that it will be several years before the new interceptor is developed and fielded. This means that the current fleet equipped with the SM-3 will remain the sea based defense against theater ballistic missiles.

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Boeing Delivers Additional Training Capability for GMD Missile Defense System

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Boeing Delivers Additional Training Capability for GMD Missile Defense System
May 4, 2010

FORT GREELY, Alaska, -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], working with industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, has delivered a second GMD System Trainer (GST) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system at Fort Greely. GMD is the United States’ only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats.

"We are proud to deliver this enhanced training capability for America’s defense," said Norm Tew, Boeing vice president and GMD program director. "The GST offers warfighters at Fort Greely the flexibility to train in a multitude of conditions and operating environments, improving the Missile Defense Agency's ability to stay ahead of evolving threats."

An additional GST allows Alaska’s National Guard operators to train independently or in conjunction with the existing training operations at the Missile Defense Element in Colorado Springs, Colo. Exercising their standard tactics, techniques and procedures, operators conduct simulated ballistic missile threat scenarios using the same consoles, computer hardware and software used in operational battle management.

"Having two GMD system trainers at Fort Greely opens up new avenues for the warfighter," said Paul Smith, Boeing director of GMD Ground Systems. "As we continually upgrade the GMD system, they now can train with either the current or upgraded software versions, use single or dual fire-control nodes, and engage in more realistic training conditions, all of which provides them with an unmatched level of support and readiness."

Boeing has been the prime contractor for the GMD program since its inception, delivering more than 20 operational interceptors at Fort Greely and at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to defend the United States against long-range ballistic missile threats. An integral element of the Global Ballistic Missile Defense System, GMD also consists of radars, other sensors, command-and-control facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000-mile fiber optic communications network.

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DOD Releases Defense Reviews, 2011 Budget Proposal, and 2010 War Funding Supplemental Request

DOD Releases Defense Reviews, 2011 Budget Proposal, and 2010 War Funding Supplemental Request - Update
Department of Defense
February 1, 2010

President Barack Obama today sent to Congress a proposed defense budget of $708 billion for fiscal 2011. The budget request for the Department of Defense (DoD) includes $549 billion in discretionary budget authority to fund base defense programs and $159 billion to support overseas contingency operations (OCO), primarily in Afghanistan and Iraq. This proposal continues the reform agenda established in last year's DoD budget request and builds on the initiatives identified by the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR).

The QDR examines DoD strategies and priorities. It assesses the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balances DoD’s strategies, capabilities, and forces to ensure the U.S. military has the flexibility to address today’s conflicts and tomorrow’s threats. The BMDR evaluates the ballistic missile threat to the U.S. and its allies and articulates policy. It determines the appropriate role of ballistic missile defense in the country’s national security and military strategies.

“The fiscal 2011 budget request builds on the reforms begun in last year's defense budget,” said Defense Secretary Robert Gates. “These substantial changes to allocate defense dollars more wisely and reform the department’s processes were broadened and deepened by the analysis and conclusions contained in the Quadrennial Defense Review.”

The fiscal 2011 base budget request represents an increase of $18 billion over the $531 billion enacted for fiscal 2010. This is an increase of 3.4 percent, or 1.8 percent real growth after adjusting for inflation. The DoD needs modest real growth to maintain, train, and equip the forces that sustain our wartime efforts.

The fiscal 2011 OCO request will provide additional resources needed to sustain U.S. forces in Operation Enduring Freedom – in Afghanistan and elsewhere – and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Included are funds for pay and benefits, logistics and other support, force protection, continuing efforts to counteract improvised explosive devices, as well as funding to fully support the buildup in Afghanistan and to carry out a responsible drawdown in Iraq.

“The choices made and priorities set in these budget requests and strategic defense reviews reflect America's commitment to succeed in the wars we are in while making the investments necessary to prepare for threats on or beyond the horizon,” said Gates.

Also accompanying the 2011 budget proposal is a fiscal 2010 supplemental request of $33 billion to support the added costs of the President's new strategy in Afghanistan and strengthen U.S. force levels with approximately 30,000 additional troops.

“To make sure we have the resources needed to support our troops deploying to the Afghanistan theater, I will be asking the Congress to enact the supplemental by spring 2010,” said Gates.

Key highlights of the proposed DoD budget are outlined in the attached summary and charts. For more information and to view the entire fiscal 2011 budget proposal, please visit http://www.budget.mil and download the "FY 2011 Budget Request Overview Book."

The 2010 QDR and BMDR are available online at www.defense.gov/DefenseReviews.

Transcripts from applicable budget and strategic defense review briefings can also be viewed at www.defense.gov/transcripts.

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