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Release No: 077-97
February 18, 1997


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced today that three companies have received contracts for concept development studies for the Low Cost Cruise Missile Defense (LCCMD) Program.

Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas (contract amount: $1,076,926); Boeing North American, Anaheim, Calif. (contract amount: $182,485); and Toyon Research Corporation, Goleta, Calif. (contract amount: $848,501), will each conduct a 12-month effort.

The objective of the DARPA program is to develop cruise missile defense technologies to defeat a proliferating, low- technology cruise missile threat at substantially reduced cost. The proliferated threat consists of large numbers of low-altitude cruise missiles employed to overwhelm traditional air defense architectures and/or draw fire from valuable resources uniquely qualified to perform other missions.

The DARPA program is investigating alternatives other than simply proliferating traditional air defense assets in order to provide an effective defense at a substantially reduced cost.

Texas Instruments will develop a low-cost interceptor concept which can be surface- or air-launched and has a range in excess of 150 miles. Boeing North American will develop a gun- launched, high-speed projectile concept and precision targeting approaches using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-based fire control sensors. Toyon Research Corporation will develop a reusable, UAV weapon system concept employing low-cost airframe, sensor and kill mechanism technologies.

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