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Ballistic Missile Defence System Support by Boeing
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Issue Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date : 05 Sep , 2012

Boeing and together with Northrop Grumman will continue to support the Ground-Based Midcourse Defence (GMD) element of the US Ballistic Missile Defence System. Boeing was selected by the Missile Defence Agency over a competing team headed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. GMD uses radars, other sensors, command-and-control facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000-mile fibre optic communications network. There are more than 20 operational interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California and Fort Greely, Alaska, to defend the United States against long-range ballistic missile threats. Boeing has been supporting the GMD program as a prime contractor under the MDA contract since 2001. The Boeing-led team currently operates and sustains the deployed GMD weapon system while developing and testing new technologies to provide increased reliability and to meet evolving customer needs and requirements. Northrop Grumman has been part of the team since 1998, responsible for designing and deploying the command-and-control systems that form the backbone of the GMD ground system.

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