Boeing, Northrop, Raytheon Help MDA Test Interceptor

MDA photo

MDA photo

Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon worked with the Missile Defense Agency to carry out a test of a ground-based interceptor used in defending against ballistic missiles.

The Defense Department said the test involved a Boeing-made interceptor and a Raytheon-made component that separates from the interceptor to attack the missile.

Northrop said MDA used the company’s command launch equipment software to launch the interceptor.

In the event of a missile threat, the Pentagon said Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle would intercept the missile.

During the test, the Pentagon reported the interceptor deployed the EKV to a designated point in space, then the EKV carried out pre-planned maneuvers to collect data in space.

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