Integrated Air and Missile Defense
Lockheed Martin-developed missile defense systems achieved numerous noteworthy milestones throughout 2012. The following highlights from 2012 further solidify Lockheed Martin’s position as a leader in integrated air and missile defense.
2012 Milestones for Integrated Missile Defense Tests
In October, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile and Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System successfully engaged in the first-ever test of all three systems demonstrating the integrated capabilities of today's U.S. regional missile defense systems. These systems worked together to detect, track, engage and negate two ballistic missile targets and two cruise missile-like targets during a complex, live-fire flight test, known as Flight Test Integrated-01, conducted by the MDA at the Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. As part of the test, different sensors, interceptors and weapons systems were integrated through the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system, also developed by a national team led by Lockheed Martin.
In December 2012, Lockheed Martin received a contract totaling $775 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment program. In partnership with the U.S. Army and the Missile Defense Agency, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control conducted a total of 8 successful PAC-3 flight tests in 2012. Six flight tests tested the PAC-3 Missile. Two of the flight tests were of the next generation PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile.
In February 2012, the THAAD Weapon System received Conditional Materiel Release from the U.S. Army. THAAD is now in the hands of the warfighter and prepared to deploy, if needed. Additionally, the third U.S. THAAD battery (D-2 ADA Battery) was activated by the U.S. Army in the fourth quarter of 2012 at Fort Bliss, Texas.