Ballistic Missile Defense Being Developed Against Decoys and Maneuvering Warheads

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July 23, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: July 23 on

U.S. adversaries are developing sophisticated technologies to foil missile defense systems using innovative approaches like decoys to fool missile seekers, as well as maneuvering warheads able to dodge missile-defense systems.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three U.S. prime defense contractors will share as much as $4.1 billion to help develop enabling technologies to enable U.S. ballistic missile defense systems to defeat advanced missile threats like decoys and maneuvering warheads.

Officials of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in Huntsville, Ala., announced five-year contracts Tuesday to the Raytheon Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop advanced ballistic missile defense techniques.

The three companies will provide autonomous acquisition and persistent precision tracking and discrimination to optimize the defensive capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense system and counter evolving threats.