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Updated: China’s CPMIEC Selected for Turkish Missile Defense program

September 29, 2013 by · Comment
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US Army Awards THAAD Contracts Worth Nearly Four Billion US$

September 23, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 

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Big Defense Contractors Duel for Missile Defense Contract

Since Desert Storm the United States has spent billions on developing different missile defense systems. While they have invested in more exotic systems such as the Air Force’s Airborne Laser (ABL) which uses a large chemical laser on a Boeing (BA) 747 to engage long range missiles the majority have been based around ground or ship launched interceptors. One of the largest programs and a priority of the previous George W. Bush Administration was the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

At one point called the National Missile Defense (NMD) system this consists of several silo mounted interceptors in Alaska supported by a collection of radars and other sensors across the world. The new Obama Administration canceled the expansion of the program which included more missiles in Alaska as well as building a site in Europe but has continued to maintain and keep ready the existing parts of the program.

The primary contractor on the systems has been Boeing and this has included a contract to maintain and run the deployed missiles and radar. This contract is coming up for renewal and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has decided to compete it. The contract has an initial value of about $600 million and has attracted interest from the major U.S. defense contractors.

Boeing obviously plans to try and win their existing work and has teamed with Northrop Grumman (NOC) to submit a proposal. Northrop has worked with Boeing since the Nineties on the system as it was developed, tested and deployed. As the incumbents they do have extensive experience with the system.

Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Raytheon (RTN) form the other team that has so far submitted a proposal. These two companies have worked extensively together on Army and Navy missile defense programs such as THAAD, PATRIOT and AEGIS. There teaming to try and win this contract away from Boeing is only natural.

The total value of the contract if all options are exercised could be as much as $10 billion. In a time when it looks like the U.S. defense budget may be flat or even decline large support contracts like these are attractive to many companies.

The MDA is hoping that with competition they will be able to get a better deal to maintain the system and the fact that they have attracted at least two bids seems to indicate there will be some price variation that must be balanced against technical capability and past performance.

The source selection will take several months and there is always a chance of a protest by the losing team. If defense funding does decline competition for these contracts will become more fierce leading to potential delays for the government in awarding work to the winner and saving money compared to the current contract.

Photo from Irish Typepad’s flickr photostream.

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Missile Defense System Continues Integration with $424M Contract Modification

Missile Defense System Continues Integration with $424M Contract Modification
April 15, 2010 10:03 AM

C2BMC Supports Real-World Operations 24-7 in 17 Time Zones

ARLINGTON, Va., --The Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) program was awarded a two-year, $424 million contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency to continue integration of the missile defense system. This phase of the program, work will be focused on increasing security, augmenting planner/situational awareness capabilities, handling new and more sensors and weapons systems, and providing more integrated functionality.

"C2BMC is a key component of the National Missile Defense mission," said John Osborn, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services - Defense's director of Missile Defense Systems. "The continued development, integration, test, and fielding of C2BMC provides real-world operations in support of our nation's priorities and objectives."

The C2BMC program is the "integrating element" for the Ballistic Missile Defense System and integrates the various sensors and weapon systems. The system is the force multiplier providing capabilities to integrate and globally synchronize missile defense systems and operations, providing an optimized, layered defense against all ranges of threats and in all phases of flight. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led National Team B was originally awarded C2BMC in 2002 and majority of the work is conducted in Arlington, Va., Huntsville, Ala., and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Boeing-IAI Missile Defense Interceptor Shoots Down Target in Test – Press Release

Photo Courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.

Photo Courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 29, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] built part of the Arrow II interceptor that successfully shot down a ballistic missile target April 7 in a test of Israel’s national missile defense system. The operationally realistic test, conducted in Israel by the Israel Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, used an interceptor co-produced by Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and equipped with new capability enhancements.

“This successful test underscores the effectiveness of the cooperative relationship we have forged with IAI on the Arrow program and other international missile defense initiatives,” said Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. “Boeing is proud to co-produce Arrow II interceptors, which provide the state of Israel with a proven defense capability against ballistic missile threats.”

The event marked the co-produced Arrow II’s second intercept in two attempts, as well as its third successful flight test. The Arrow II is part of the Arrow Weapon System, which Israel and the United States have jointly developed to defend Israel against the growing threat of short-and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Under an agreement with IAI, the prime contractor for the Arrow Weapon System, Boeing provides several Arrow II interceptor components, including the Section II electronics assembly (part of the avionics and guidance subsystem); the nose cone; the canister assembly that houses the interceptor; electrical subsystems; and motor cases. IAI is responsible for system integration and final interceptor assembly in Israel.

Boeing’s major suppliers on Arrow II are Alliant-Techsystems (ATK) of Iuka, Miss., and Clearfield, Utah; Manes Machine, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Patterson Machine, of Union Grove, Ala.; and Sanmina-SCI, of Huntsville, Ala.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32 billion business with 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Contact Info:
Marc Selinger
Boeing Missile Defense Systems
(703) 414-6138
[email protected]

Chuck Cadena
Boeing Missile Defense Systems
(703) 872-4503
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MDA Awards Boeing Contract for Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded Boeing the FY09 option to continue work on the Ground Based Mid-Course Defense program. Business Week reports that the contract is worth about $250 million. This is the system that used to be called National Missile Defense (NMD) with sensors and missiles based in Alaska. There are also other radars and sensor scattered across the globe. The contract has an FY10 option included in it as well. There have been some rumblings from the Democrats that this is a program they are looking at to significantly cut in the future. SmartBrief reports that Senator Levin has discussed this as an option for the next budget.

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Boeing’s role in defense aviation shrinks

This good article in The Seattle Times summarizes how defense aviation is playing a less-and-less role in Boeing’s business. See the article here. It traces how from World War II on Boeing built large transports, tankers and bombers for the US Army Air Corps and Air Force. Now, with the loss of the KC-45 contract, they really are not doing any such business. They obviously rely primarily on their civil aircraft for the bulk of their earnings and profits. Boeing defense business is starting to be more and more in the area of engineering services and total program development and management. They were the Lead System Integrator (LSI) on what used to be called National Missile Defense (NMD) in the Nineties. They have also had similar roles in other major contracts.

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