A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has submitted its proposal for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (mda) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) targets contract.
According to the company, the bid was submitted to the agency’s targets and countermeasures directorate, in Huntsville, US.
John Holly, vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company missile defense systems, said that the company’s proposed target systems provide threat-relevant scenarios to the system under test, creating tough and stressing engagements.
"Our team’s proposal for medium-range ballistic missile targets delivers the reliability, threat relevance and cost effectiveness needed to best support the mission," Holly said. "Target missiles are important to our nation’s missile defence mission."
Under the proposal, Lockheed will perform engineering and programme management at its facility in Huntsville, while production will be carried out in Courtland, Alaska, US.
The contract covers development and production of 2,000km of MRBM targets, along with supply of integrated logistics support, such as inventory storage and maintenance, pre and post-mission analysis, launch preparation and execution and engineering services.
The MDA requires an estimated six air and ground launch capable targets under the current contract, with options for additional targets.
The final request for proposal (RFP) was issued by MDA on 18 April, with the contract award expected in late 2012.
The company claims to have achieved an unmatched 98% success rate in 42 out of 43 target missions, including legacy and next-generation ballistic missile targets, carried out since 1996.