Raytheon Signs Contract for Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle
Raytheon on June 28 signed a seven-year, $636 million contract with Boeing for development and support of the exoatmospheric kill vehicle, intended to intercept enemy warheads in space, a company executive said.
The contract covers work on “reliability, produce-ability and maintain-ability” of the weapon system, Wes Kremer, vice president air and missile defense systems, told journalists July 9 at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The exoatmospheric kill vehicle is a “hit to kill” interceptor used to knock out warheads in an upper tier defense against ballistic missiles. The kinetic effect of the vehicle hitting a missile warhead is likened to a heavy truck running head-on into a brick wall.
Boeing is prime contractor for the U.S. ground-based midcourse defense program, which uses the exoatmospheric kill vehicle.
In the lower tier missile defense segment, Raytheon expects Turkey to make a selection decision in “the near future,” Tim Glaeser, vice president business development, said.
Raytheon’s Patriot missile is pitched against competing offers from China, France and Russia, Glaeser said.
Kuwait is looking to upgrade its Patriot batteries and add more units by the end of the year, while Qatar has shown interest in a similar capability, he said.
Poland is in talks with Germany and the U.S. government to take over some Patriot missiles deemed to be surplus by Berlin under a broad defense restructuring.
Saudi Arabia last year announced it was upgrading its Patriot batteries.
Raytheon has also completed an analysis tool for the missile defense architecture in Europe, Kremer said. The new tool was under development for 18 months and was funded with company money, he said.
“We’ve conducted a through analysis of U.S. missile defense system assets in Europe, and we understand how to position sensors and interceptors to achieve maximum protection for our allies,” Kremer said.
The analytical tool allows simulation and modeling, using “what-if” scenarios, he said.