Missile Defense

This Is
Rocket Science


The Highest Stakes Demand the Highest Degree of Precision

Shooting a missile down with a missile was once a concept only dreamed up in science fiction novels. We’ve made it scientific fact.

So what does it take to spot an enemy missile launch, identify its intended target, calculate its exact trajectory, launch an interceptor and guide it to destroy the threat in mid-air? All in a matter of seconds? It’s not easy – but at Lockheed Martin, we help customers solve the world’s most complex challenges. Here’s how ...

Lockheed Martin Layered Defense


Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) globally integrates the numerous Sensor-Interceptor-Communications elements of the US Missile Defense System (MDS), ensuring the highest capability for protection from missile threats in all regions and in any phase of flight. Learn more.

Next Generation Interceptor

With the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI), our mission is to protect the homeland with a modern, never-fail weapon system against increasing and evolving ballistic missile threats. NGI is a first line of defense, tip-to-tail interceptor development within the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Learn more.


Space Based-Infrared System (BIRS) uses infrared surveillance to provide early missile warning for the U.S. military and is considered one of the nation’s highest priority space programs. The system includes a combination of satellites and hosted payloads in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) and Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) and ground hardware and software. Learn more.


As the world's most advanced sea-based combat system, Aegis has the ability to detect, track and engage ballistic missile threats. Learn more.


Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) provides the unique capability to intercept short and medium-range missiles inside and outside the atmosphere. Learn more.


The PAC-3 family of missiles, which includes PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE), are Hit-to-Kill interceptors that defend against incoming threats, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Learn more.


This radar system will identify threats to support a layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect against missile attacks. Learn more.

Targets & Countermeasures

Practice mkes perfect. We provide cost-effective unarmed targets for our customers to test missile defense capabilities. The testing program is designed to represent real-world threats and assess the performance and capabilities of the missile defense architecture. Learn more.

What We Bring to the Field

Integrated Approach to Defense Technology

Integrated Approach to Defense Technology

We see the whole picture. From targets and interceptors, to satellites, radars, seekers and command and control solutions – Lockheed Martin’s technology is embedded in every facet of the missile defense architecture. We use that holistic expertise to drive seamless integration between all missile defense assets, improving reliability, affordability and ease of use.
Innovative Engineering

Innovative Engineering

The missile defense challenge is an engineering challenge. And that’s what we do best. To counter advancing threats, we pioneered hit-to-kill technology, advanced cyber security and improved interceptor accuracy, lethality, range and reliability.
Proven Performance

Proven Performance

As the world leader in missile defense, our systems have achieved more than 100 successful intercepts in combat and flight testing since 1984 – more than any other company – and 50 successful target missions since 1996.
Global Cooperation

Global Cooperation

Partnerships are an important part of how we do business. Supporting the U.S. Government and allies around the world, we consider our customers’ unique missions as our own, continuously improving our products capabilities to meet their evolving threats.
Layered Defense

Layered Defense

The best defense has layers. Our systems provide multi-tier defenses that work in concert to defeat incoming threats from boost to ballistic.
Precision and Accuracy

Precision and Accuracy

We meet challenges head on. Our hit-to-kill interceptors have the agility and accuracy to directly destroy threats. Every time.