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LockMart Pathfinder Seeker For MDAs Multiple Kill Vehicle System

by Staff Writers
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Mar 21, 2006
Lockheed Martin announces that it has completed the first kill vehicle pathfinder seeker for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Multiple Kill Vehicle System. Lockheed Martin is testing the pathfinder seeker in its hardware-in-the-loop facility, creating a vibration environment similar to the one the kill vehicle will experience while performing its mission.

Under sophisticated optical and electrical testing, the pathfinder seeker and associated kill vehicle electronics have been demonstrating full functionality

In the event of an enemy launch, a single interceptor equipped with the Multiple Kill Vehicle payload system will destroy the enemy lethal reentry vehicle along with any countermeasures deployed to try and spoof the missile defense system. This many-on-many strategy reduces the need for extensive pre-launch intelligence and leverages the Ballistic Missile Defense System discrimination capability, ensuring a robust and affordable solution to emerging threats.

"We are making significant progress in developing components for this critical Missile Defense Agency payload system," said Rick Reginato, Multiple Kill Vehicle program director, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "We've built and tested the first of two pathfinder seekers ahead of schedule, demonstrating our ability to master this challenging technology for the Agency and the Nation's defense."

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Smiths Aerospace Selected By US Navy For FA-18
Clearwater FL (SPX) Mar 24, 2006
Smiths Aerospace has been awarded a contract with a potential value of $34.5 million to provide performance-based logistics (PBL) in support of the stores management upgrade system (SMUG) on the F/A-18 C, D, E, F, & G aircraft. The program includes a five-year contract worth $16.5 million, with an $18 million follow-on contract for five years. The work will take place at Smiths' Florida and Michigan facilities and is expected to be complete in 2016.

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