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Ground-Based Midcourse Interceptor overview

Ground-Based Midcourse Interceptor overview

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Ground-Based Midcourse Interceptor background from Boeing, general contractor for the system.
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Boeing Defense, Space & Security P.O. Box 516 St. Louis, MO 63166 www.boeing.com

Ground-based Midcourse Defense
Description & Purpose: An element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) provides the United States the capability to engage and destroy long-range ballistic missiles. Customer: The U.S. Missile Defense Agency Characteristics:  24/7/365 operational capability  Uses multiple land, sea and space-based sensors to detect and track missile threats early during their boost phase.  Launches three-stage solid booster Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) equipped with an Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) toward the target’s predicted location in space. Outside the earth’s atmosphere, the EKV destroys the target warhead using only the kinetic force of direct collision.  Employs a comprehensive ground systems network, including redundant fire control nodes, interceptor launch facilities and a complex communications network for planning, directing and controlling GMD. GMD Industry Team: As prime contractor since 1998, Boeing has partnered with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency in the design, development, integration, test and sustainment of all GMD components. Key subcontractors include:  Northrop Grumman (Strategic Partner): Fire Control and Communications products as well as support to Systems Engineering, Systems Testing & Operations & Sustainment  Raytheon: GBI Exoatmospheric Kill vehicles (EKVs)  Orbital Sciences Corporation: GBI Booster vehicles Boeing continues to lead the industry team for GMD development, integration, testing, operations and sustainment activities under the Development and Sustainment Contract, which was awarded in December 2011. The company will continue to build on its experience of supporting the Missile Defense Agency as prime contractor for the program.

Performance: Under rigorous testing, the GMD system has demonstrated impressive capabilities, including the ability to shoot down an incoming ballistic missile. The system has achieved a total of eight successful intercept tests, including three successful intercept tests with operationally-configured interceptors. Flight testing is scheduled to continue. In addition, Boeing continues development of the two-stage interceptor in order to provide a hedge against the long range ballistic missile threat. Boeing and MDA have executed a successful two-stage launch, fly-out and data collection mission. Background: GMD has been in development since 1998 and incorporates decades of research, development, test and evaluation on proven “hit-to-kill” and other advanced technologies. GMD system elements reach across 15 time zones and are linked by a terrestrial communication system consisting of over 20,000 miles of fiber optic cable as well as a redundant satellite communications network.  Interceptor missiles are emplaced at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A total of 30 interceptors were deployed at the end of 2010. Fire control, battle management, planning, tasking and threat analysis take place via a dual-node, human-in-control interface located in Fort Greely, Alaska and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Warfighters of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion at Fort Greely, Alaska and of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade at Colorado Springs, Colo. operate the system. All GMD components communicate through the GMD communications network, a secure data and voice communications system using both SATCOM and fiber optic cabling for long-haul communications. ### Contact: Jessica Carlton Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems Office: 256-461-5124 Mobile: 256-603-7137 jessica.m.carlton@boeing.com June 2013

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