4 SEPTEMBER 2015 MILITARY & AEROSPACE ELECTRONICS www.militaryaerospace.com
Three companies to develop multi-warhead-killing, anti-missile weapon
BY JOHN KELLER
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—The Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Raytheon Co.
are developing ballistic missile defense multi-warhead killer weapons able to detect, track, and destroy
several different incoming enemy
missile warheads and decoys with
only one counter-missile launch.
Missile Defense Agency (MDA) officials in Huntsville, Ala., announced
contracts in August to the Boeing
Defense, Space & Security segment
in Huntsville, Ala.; the Lockheed
Martin Corp. Space Systems Co. in
Sunnyvale, Calif.; and the Raytheon Co. Missile Systems segment in
Tucson, Ariz., to start designing the
Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV).
Boeing won a $9.8 million contract,
Raytheon a $9.8 million contract, and
Lockheed Martin a $9.7 million contract to begin MOKV development.
The MOKV could engage several incoming objects simultaneously
with kill vehicles that communicate
with one another. The three companies will define concepts that can destroy several incoming warheads and
decoys by considering advanced sensor, divert and attitude control, and
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and
Raytheon will define proof-of-con-
cept prototypes, demonstrate risk
mitigation steps for all critical com-
ponents, assess the technical matu-
rity of their concepts, and rank en-
abling technologies to minimize
The MDA’s ground-based interceptor missile today carries one kill warhead that detects, tracks, and attacks
an incoming enemy ballistic missile
warhead and attempts to destroy it
kinetically by force of impact.
The MOKV, instead, would launch
on one air-defense missile, and deploy several kill vehicles that could
engage several incoming enemy warheads. MOKV warheads will be designed to communicate with one another to coordinate their attacks.
The MOKV would function similarly to the MDA’s Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV) program, which was
cancelled in 2009. The MOKV is likely to launch on rockets like the U.S.
Navy Raytheon SM- 3 standard shipboard missile. Í
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit the
Missile Defense Agency at www.mda.mil.
Two companies win
$1.7 billion job to install
C4ISR gear aboard ships
U.S. Navy intelligence and
communications experts are
spending as much as $1.7 billion to install and certify electronics equipment aboard
Navy surface ships, submarines, and shore sites that handles command, control, communications, computers,
intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance (C4ISR). Officials of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego
announced two industry contracts for C4ISR equipment and
installation—one contract to
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md., and
the other to M.C. Dean Inc.
in Sterling, Va. Experts from
the two companies will handle task orders over the next
four years to install and certify C4ISR systems on Navy
ships, submarines, and shore
sites. Honeywell will receive
as much as $805.2 million and
M.C. Dean will receive as much
as $853.8 million. The companies will install C4ISR equipment from the program executive office for C4I, Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Command, and other prospective
U.S. government and Foreign
Military Sales customers. Í
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon are
developing a weapon able to destroy several
incoming warheads with only one counter-missile launch.