Boeing Huntsville wins contract for key missile defense system
by Boeing Mid-course ground defense (GMD) is designed to detect, intercept and destroy long-range missiles during their mid-flight phase. The system provides early detection and tracking, as well as target discrimination, precision interception and destruction of the target by the force of collision.
Huntsville is home to the GMD program, as well as Boeing’s Missile and Weapon Systems division. The award of the contract modification comes on US Missile Defense Agency.
The GMD program has protected the United States around the clock since 2004.
As prime contractor for the GMD program, Boeing designs, integrates, tests and maintains all GMD components deployed in 15 time zones.
Last year, the Boeing Huntsville site supported the US Air Force in four missile flight tests, including a historic “two-shot” engagement where two Midcourse ground defense system interceptors were launched. and successfully destroyed.
Boeing’s presence in Alabama dates back 57 years and today has approximately 3,000 employees in the state. The company’s operations in Alabama span a wide range of research, design, development and manufacturing activities, including space and defense work, commercial aircraft, and support services.
“It’s hard to overstate Boeing’s influence on Alabama’s economy and aerospace industry,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“This company has helped lay the groundwork for our state’s contribution to missile defense, space exploration and the advancement of aviation, and it continues to shape these industries in markets around the world with technologies and cutting-edge products, ”he added.
The ground-based mid-term defense system has protected the United States 24/7/365 since 2004. 16 years ago #OTD the US Missile Defense Agency declared it operational. We honor the teams who have been there every step of the way. pic.twitter.com/OqTT520Xp3
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