Missile Defense



Missile Defense

Today, more than ever, the U.S. and its allies need proven missile and air defense systems. To answer that call, Lockheed Martin-led weapons systems have achieved nearly 40 successful intercepts since the 1980s and continue to prove themselves in challenging tests and combat operations. Lockheed Martin provides key weapons and technologies across the boost/ascent, midcourse and terminal phases, making significant contributions to nearly all major U.S. missile defense systems and participating in several global missile defense partnerships. Our proven performance extends to sensors, architectures and targets

Lockheed Martin delivers the breadth and depth needed for ballistic missile and air defense, with the most extensive capabilities across boost/ascent, midcourse and terminal phases. These solutions defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and other airborne threats. Our role ranges from prime contractor for U.S. weapons systems to developer of critical technologies, such as hit-to-kill interceptors and kill vehicles, seekers, precision pointing and tracking optics, radar and signal processing.

To help meet the needs of U.S. allies, our partnerships include the multi-national development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), which will replace Patriot systems in the United States and Germany and Nike Hercules systems in Italy. Competing for the U.K.'s Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP), we are teamed with SCS, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Westland and Saab.

Extending to Sensors, Architectures and Targets

For next-generation missile warning, we are the U.S. Air Force's prime contractor for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SBIRS is designed to detect and track strategic and theater missiles, as well as support technical intelligence and battle space characterization. The system's ground segment has been operational since 2001, and the Air Force announced in late 2006 that the first Highly Elliptical Payload is on-orbit and exceeding performance specifications.

To seamlessly link weapons, sensors and other elements, we lead the MDA's Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) program. Now operational across 17 time zones, C2BMC represents the "S" in the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

For the MDA’s Targets and Countermeasures program, we provide targets for testing of the Ballistic Missile Defense System being developed by the MDA to defend against all classes of ballistic missiles.

Pioneering Tomorrow's Technologies

We pioneered hit-to-kill technology in the 1980s, and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, PAC-3 became the first combat-proven system using this technology of choice. With an unmatched record of more than/approximately 50 successful intercepts since then, systems developed by Lockheed Martin, such as PAC-3, THAAD and Aegis, have achieved half of those intercepts in the last five years and continue to succeed in increasingly challenging tests.

With a passion for innovation and disciplined performance, we continue to advance effective solutions. These include air-launched and sea-based hit-to-kill PAC-3 initiatives and novel sensor and discrimination concepts.

Spanning All Segments

Lockheed Martin expertise spans all three segments of the layered Ballistic Missile Defense System being deployed and developed by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), including:

PAC-3 Missile

Boost/Ascent Defense

The Air-Launched Hit-to-Kill (ALHTK) initiative, which would enable fighter aircraft to carry and launch Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles to intercept hostile ballistic and cruise missiles.

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

Midcourse Defense

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, which has been certified for tactical deployment.


Terminal Defense

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system; ALHTK; the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and PAC-3 Missile, both as prime contractor, and the multi-national MEADS.