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No: 203-97
April 25, 1997
The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization announced today that two contracts for the concept definition study phase of the National Missile Defense (NMD) Lead Systems Integrator have been awarded to United Missile Defense Company, Bethesda, Md., and Boeing North American Inc., Downey, Calif. United Missile Defense Co. is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Co., Sunnyvale, Calif.; Raytheon Co., Lexington, Mass.; and TRW's Strategic Systems Division, San Bernardino, Calif. The contracts have a value of $8 million each and will cover a six- month period of performance with no options. The two firms will develop analysis, plans and evaluations for numerous aspects of the NMD program, including the interceptor rocket booster and kill vehicle, radars, testing, deployment and operations.

At the end of the six-month contract period, one firm will be selected for award of a contract to serve as the Lead Systems Integrator for the NMD program.

The National Missile Defense program is designed to develop a system which could protect the United States from a limited ballistic missile attack. The current plan is to develop NMD component systems and conduct a system test in 1999. If warranted by a ballistic missile threat to the United States, a NMD system could be deployed by 2003.

News media queries should be addressed to BMDO External Affairs, (703) 695-8743.

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