The US Army has awarded a new missile defence contract worth $79.6m to aerospace and defence company Teledyne Brown Engineering.
The task order has been awarded by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/US Army Forces Strategic Command to the Teledyne Technologies Incorporated subsidiary.
Under the deal, the company will be responsible for designing and developing cost-effective, flexible target missiles to be used by the army for test and evaluation.
The project to build the Tactical Range Air Defense Missile (TACRAM) will commence immediately and is expected to extend through to April 2025.
Teledyne Brown Engineering president Jan Hess said: “A great deal of our company’s legacy is built upon leading and supporting missile defence programmes, including target and countermeasures development, and the test and evaluation of complex systems.
“Given current and emerging threats to global security, we are proud to provide these systems that will help support the defence of our nation and our allies.”
As part of the project, Teledyne will develop realistic-threat ballistic target missiles, known as ‘Zombie’ targets, for use in testing advance missile defence systems.
The Zombie targets are either built or reproduced in part from components that have reached the end of their life or may be subject to demilitarisation.
The current task order was awarded under the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) Domain 1 contract.