Raytheon’s Exoat­mo­spheric kill ve­hi­cle in de­mand


Raytheon was awarded a $636-mil­lion de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­ment con­tract to pro­vide the Exoat­mo­spheric kill ve­hi­cle (EKV) to Boe­ing, which is the prime con­trac­tor for the ground­based mid-course de­fence pro­gramme. Raytheon booked the award dur­ing its sec­ond quar­ter.

EKV rep­re­sents the cen­ter­piece for the Mis­sile De­fense Agency’s GMD as the in­ter­cept com­po­nent of the ground based in­ter­cep­tor, also known as GBI, which is de­signed to en­gage high-speed bal­lis­tic mis­sile war­heads in space.

“When it comes to de­vel­op­ing, test­ing and de­ploy­ing tech­nolo­gies that en­able the in­ter­cept of threats in space, Raytheon is a world leader,” said Dr. Tay­lor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Mis­sile Sys­tems Pres­i­dent. “We are proud to con­trib­ute to our na­tion’s first line of de­fence against the threat of bal­lis­tic mis­siles.”

Un­der con­di­tions of the con­tract, which ex­tends through Novem­ber 2018, Raytheon will pro­vide EKV de­vel­op­ment, field­ing, test­ing, sys­tem engi­neer­ing, in­te­gra­tion, con­fig­u­ra­tion man­age­ment, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing and re­fur­bish­ment, and op­er­a­tion and sus­tain­ment. Lever­ag­ing more than two decades of kill ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy ex­per­tise, the EKV is de­signed to de­stroy in­com­ing bal­lis­tic mis­sile threats by col­lid­ing with them, a con­cept of­ten de­scribed as “hit to kill.”

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