MDA Gives Contractors December Deadline for Kill Vehicle Proposals; James Syring Comments

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Vice Adm. James Syring

The Missile Defense Agency is considering plans to design a kill vehicle that would be based on the concepts of a legacy long-range interceptor program, Space News reported Monday.

Mike Gruss writes that MDA has proposed revisions to the kill vehicle concepts Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon submitted in March and has given the companies a December deadline to formulate to concept revisions.

MDA intends to install the kill vehicles in Poland in order to help defend Europe from threats that generate in the Middle East, according to the report.

Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, MDA’s director, said the agency is also considering options to either hold a limited or open competition for the platform’s design or ask Raytheon to modify the existing design, the report says.

Each adapted concepts work to draw on the Standard Missile-3 Block 2B interceptor that was closed down in 2013, Space News reports.

Gruss writes the MDA plans to issue responses to the concept revisions in March 2015.

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