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The SPY-7 Hybrid Defense Security Cooperation Project with Japan Completes Initial Engineering Demonstration of Capability

February 25, 2021 - International Cooperation

On 27 January, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy Aegis Technical Representative (TECHREP) witnessed the successful demonstration of the first software release of the Japanese J7.B Aegis Weapon System equipped with SPY-7 radar in Moorestown, New Jersey.

LRDR Work Continues Through Covid-19 for Initial Fielding in 2021

February 24, 2021 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), currently undergoing radar installation at Clear Air Force Station (AFS), Alaska, is on track for delivery and Initial Operational Capability in 2021, having completed all major production activities as well as array panel and equipment installation in Clear, Alaska.

The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency Begin Arrow 4 Development

February 18, 2021 - International Cooperation

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development of the Israel Ministry of Defense, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have begun the development of the Arrow 4 interceptor.

Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor Phase IIb Awards

January 22, 2021 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is pleased to announce award of Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) with L3Harris Technologies, Inc and Northrop Grumman Systems Cooporation for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) program’s Phase IIb On-orbit Prototype Demonstration.

U.S. successfully conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Target

December 15, 2020 - International Cooperation

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD), together with the Missile Defense Agency, successfully completed a series of flight tests of the David’s Sling Weapon System (DSWS) in an advanced system configuration against current and emerging threats.

U.S. successfully conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Target

November 16, 2020 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System-equipped destroyer intercepted and destroyed a threat-representative Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, November 16, 2020.

Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army Test Interoperability of THAAD and Patriot Missile Defense Systems

October 1, 2020 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, and U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command successfully conducted a test of the Patriot and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon systems from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The test, designated Flight Test Patriot Weapon System (FTP)-27, consisted of two events which took place today and earlier this year.

IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete a Flight Test of the Arrow Weapon System

August 12, 2020 - International Cooperation

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD), together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-2 interceptor on August 12, 2020.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency Announces the Availability of the Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS) Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

August 30, 2019 - Environmental

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) today released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS). The final EIS document analyzes the environmental impacts at candidate locations in the U.S. best suited for a possible future deployment of ground-based interceptors capable of protecting the homeland against ballistic missile threats from nations such as North Korea and Iran.

THAAD System Successfully Intercepts Target in Missile Defense Flight Test

August 30, 2019 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the E-62 Battery, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, conducted an intercept test late yesterday of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Arrow Weapon System Successfully Engages Ballistic Missile Target

July 28, 2019 - International Cooperation

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed a successful flight test campaign with the Arrow-3 Interceptor missile.

Missile Defense Agency Completes Change of Responsibility Ceremony

May 31, 2019 - Administrative

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a change of responsibility May 31 with U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Jon A. Hill succeeding U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves as the 11th director. Greaves served as the MDA director since June 2017.