Missile Defense: Defending Freedom on a Global Scale


It is more evident each day that the U.S. and its allies need proven missile and air defense systems in order for our warfighters to continue defending freedom on a global scale. To answer this call, Lockheed Martin has developed weapons systems and technologies that secure all three segments of the layered Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) – boost, midcourse and terminal – being deployed and developed by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. With an unparalleled hit-to-kill intercept record, Lockheed Martin continues to prove its place as a leader in missile defense.

2011 was a critical year for many Lockheed Martin-developed missile defense systems.  In total, 16 milestones were reached including a successful first engagement by Aegis BMD against an intermediate range ballistic missile in April, a successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) double-intercept in November, and the completion of a 10-year Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) contract which led to a follow-on IDIQ contract worth an estimated $980 million over five years.

In addition to providing key weapons and technologies across all three phases of the BMDS, Lockheed Martin also makes significant contributions to nearly all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.

Lockheed Martin’s solutions are designed to defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft and other airborne threats. Our role ranges from prime contractor for U.S. weapons systems to developer of critical technologies, such as hit-to-kill interceptors and kill vehicles, seekers, precision pointing and tracking optics, and radar and signal processing.  To help meet the needs of U.S. allies, our partnerships include the multi-national development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), which will replace Patriot systems in the United States and Germany and Nike Hercules systems in Italy. Competing for the U.K.'s Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP), we are teamed with SCS, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Westland and Saab.