Boeing’s latest Star Wars project

2008-01-09

Richard Moore

Original source URL:
http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2008/q1/080107a_nr.html

Boeing Responds to Missile Defense Agency's GMD Information Request

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 07, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has responded to a 
U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) request for industry feedback on the follow-on
Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.

Boeing submitted its response to MDA's request for information (RFI). RFI 
responses will help MDA determine its strategy for the follow-on effort to the 
current GMD contract.

Increasingly complex ground and flight tests over the past two years have 
demonstrated the GMD system's capability and reliability. Drawing on its global 
systems engineering experience and success, Boeing has led the GMD industry 
team, which includes Orbital Sciences Corp., Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman 
Mission Systems, Bechtel National Inc. and Teledyne Brown Engineering, from 
program inception to operations. The Boeing GMD team's unmatched readiness 
positions it well to continue building on that progress.

The Missile Defense Agency rated Boeing's work as exceptional during the 
company's annual performance evaluation on GMD system development and 
maintenance.

"The GMD team includes partners Orbital, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Bechtel and
Teledyne Brown, and each partner brings important elements to the system. 
However, GMD's successful performance is not measured by its individual pieces, 
but rather by how it functions as an integrated system -- which would not be 
achieved without MDA's vision and Boeing's extensive integration capabilities 
and leadership," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of 
Boeing Missile Defense Systems. "Continuing to leverage this proven industry 
team will guarantee a robust capability our nation can rely on to defend itself 
against long-range ballistic missiles. We are proud of our continuing role in 
providing an increasingly robust ballistic missile defense to our warfighters, 
and we look forward to the opportunity to continue leading this vital component 
of our nation's defense."

GMD is the nation's only defense against long-range ballistic missiles, with 
interceptors deployed in underground silos at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.,
and Ft. Greely, Alaska. An integral element of the global ballistic missile 
defense system, GMD also consists of radars, other sensors, command-and-control 
facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000-mile fiber optic 
communications network. The U.S. government has placed Boeing under contract to 
develop a GMD interceptor site for Europe. The GMD program has had seven 
successful intercept tests, including intercepts with operationally configured 
interceptors in September 2006 and September 2007.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the 
world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and 
capabilities-driven customer solutions. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing 
Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.4 billion business with 72,000 employees 
worldwide.
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