The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System is a US Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency program to develop a "rudimentary" missile defense system, covering the US, by 2005. It builds upon the Aegis combat system. A SM-3 missile with Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP) Kinetic Warhead (KW) is developed. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System"
The Aegis combat system, named for the mythological aegis shield, is a United States naval integrated missile guidance system. The name is sometimes spelled "AEGIS", supposedly an acronym for phrases such as "Advanced Electronic Guidance Information System". However, such attributions seem to be " backronyms" or fake etymologies. (It is also possible there has been some confusion with the EGIS software used by some AWACS aircraft.) The main manufacturer of the Aegis combat system, Lockheed Martin, makes no mention of it being an acronym ** . ...more on Wikipedia about "Aegis combat system"
The Airborne tactical laser (ATL) programme is a US military program to mount a high energy laser damage weapon on a platform such as the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. The laser is envisaged to have a tactical range of perhaps twenty kilometers with a payload of about 5000 - 7000 kg. It could be deployed against cruise missiles or large artillery shells. The laser is likely to be a chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL). ...more on Wikipedia about "Airborne tactical laser"
Akash ( Sanskrit for Sky, sometimes spelt Aakash) is under development as part of India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) which was launched in 1983 to achieve self-sufficiency in the area of missiles. Akash is a mobile area defense medium-range medium and high altitude surface-to-air missile with a range of 27 to 30 kilometers. The missile has a height ceiling of 18,000 meters and is capable of detecting and destroying aircraft flying at tree top height. The missile has a solid rocket booster stage, followed by a Ramjet engine, and weighs about 700 kg, with a 60 kg warhead. The word means "sky" and literally means "one who illuminates the world". Akash is being developed as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program by the Defence and Research Development Organisation. ...more on Wikipedia about "Akash missile"
The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM treaty or ABMT) was a treaty between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the limitation of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems used in defending areas against missile-delivered nuclear weapons. On May 26 1972, the President of the United States, Richard Nixon and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The treaty was in force for thirty years, from 1972 until 2002. On June 13 2002, six months after giving the required notice of intent, the US withdrew from the treaty. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty"
The Arrow Interceptor (טיל חץ, Hebrew: "Hetz") is a theater missile defense (TMD) system; it is the first missile that was specifically designed and built to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles on a national level. It is the only anti-ballistic missile system able to intercept its targets so high in the stratosphere. ...more on Wikipedia about "Arrow missile"
The Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system, designated YAL-1A, is a megawatt class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) primarily designed to shoot down theatre ballistic missiles (TBMs) similar to the Scud while in boost phase. The laser system is fitted to a heavily modified Boeing 747-400F freighter and is still in the test period. If proven successful, a fleet of seven Boeing 747s with the ABL system will be operational by 2008. ...more on Wikipedia about "Boeing YAL-1"
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The U.S. Air Force Space Command-operated Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites form the principle component of the United States Satellite Early Warning System (SEWS). In their 22,300 mi (35,900 km) geosynchronous orbits, they use infrared imaging sensors to detect the infrared light emitted from the intense sources of heat caused by missile or spacecraft launch booster plumes and nuclear explosions. ...more on Wikipedia about "Defense Support Program"
The Evolutionary Air and Space Global Laser Engagement (EAGLE) is a new plan being developed by the United States Air Force. ...more on Wikipedia about "Evolutionary Air and Space Global Laser Engagement"
In 2003, National Missile Defense (NMD) was changed to Ground-Based Missile Defense (GMD), to differentiate it from other missile defense programs, such as space-based, sea-based, or high-altitude intercept programs. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ground-Based Missile Defense"
The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), a weapon system that is under development by The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will weigh around 1,650 lbs (750 kg) and fit in the space of 2 cubic meters (70.6 cubic feet). In an effort to combine the high energy density of a solid state laser with the thermal management of a liquid laser, the "HEL weapon" as it has been dubbed by its developers, is a prototype capable of firing a mild one kilowatt (kW) beam. Plans are underway to build a stronger 15-kW version by the end of 2005 and an even more powerful version that will produce a 150-kW beam that is capable of knocking down a missile will be ready by 2007 for fitting onto fighter aircraft. ...more on Wikipedia about "High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System"
The United States Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency has contracted Lockheed Martin to construct a high-altitude airship (HAA) to enhance its Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). They propose to launch their HAA in 2006. ...more on Wikipedia about "High-altitude airship"
Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is a military project intended to replace aging NATO Patriot missiles. The USA, Germany and Italy are contributing toward the project. France, though initially in the project, withdrew some time ago. ...more on Wikipedia about "Medium Extended Air Defense System"
The MIM-104 PATRIOT is a medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system manufactured by the Raytheon Company of the United States. It replaced the Nike-Hercules Missile for high and medium altitude air defense in the US Army arsenal, and supplements the HAWK system as the US Army's low-altitude tactical mobile air defense system. The weapon became well-known during its use in the Persian Gulf War. Like many expensive American weapons systems, the PATRIOT missile system has seen a variety of controversy concerning its performance in combat. The Patriot SAM and radar system was developed by the US Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, which had previously developed the Spartan and Safeguard ABM systems. Thus, the Patriot was developed upon the experience with these systems. An earlier code-name for the Patriot was the "SAM-D". ...more on Wikipedia about "MIM-104 Patriot"
Missile Defense is a term referring to systems, weapon programs, or technology involved in the defense against a missile. As an open ended term, its precise meaning has changed over the years and been modified by specialized communities. Historically, Missile Defense has been part of the Air Defense systems. ...more on Wikipedia about "Missile defense"
The Missile Defense Agency is the section of the United States government's Department of Defense responsible for developing a layered defense against ballistic missiles. See National Missile Defense for the history of DoD missile defense programs. ...more on Wikipedia about "Missile Defense Agency"
National Missile Defense (NMD) is a military strategy that has been discussed in the United States since the 1960s. The basic idea is to shield the U.S. against incoming missiles by shooting them down as they approach the country, and its role in nuclear strategy has been a heated topic for several decades. (See also Missile Defense Agency and Anti-ballistic missile.) ...more on Wikipedia about "National Missile Defense"
The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a consolidated system intended to meet United States infrared space surveillance needs through the first two to three decades of the 21st century. SBIRS primary mission is to provide initial warning of a ballistic missile attack on the US, its deployed forces or its allies. SBIRS is an integrated "system of systems" that includes satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO) and low Earth orbit (LEO), sensors hosted on satellites in highly elliptical orbit (HEO) and ground data processing and control. SBIRS integrates previously independent infrared sensor programs of the U.S. Air Force and intelligence agencies. It incorporates new technologies that enhance detection and improve reporting of intercontinental ballistic missile, sea-launched ballistic missile and theater ballistic missile launches, and provide critical mid-course tracking and discrimination data for theater and national missile defense. SBIRS was experiencing cost overruns as of 2003 and is now expected to cost over $10 billion. ...more on Wikipedia about "SBIRS"
The Seagnat Control System (sometimes spelt SeaGnat or Sea Gnat) is a decoy system used on many NATO warships to safeguard against incoming missiles. Each unit consists of six launchers that can be loaded with different rounds, depending on the threat: ...more on Wikipedia about "Seagnat"
The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), commonly called Star Wars after the popular science fiction series, was a system proposed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on March 23, 1983 to use space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear missiles. It was never implemented and research in the field tailed off after the end of the Cold War. ...more on Wikipedia about "Strategic Defense Initiative"
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD - formerly "Theater High Altitude Area Defense") is a United States Army project to develop a anti-ballistic missile defense system, against theater or regional threats. THAAD is intended to destroy incoming missiles by firing its own interceptor missile at the threat. The THAAD missile does not carry an explosive warhead and destroys incoming missiles by colliding with them, utilizing hit-to-kill-technology, unlike similar systems such as the MIM-104 Patriot. The THAAD system was designed to handle short and medium range ballistic missiles; such as Scuds and derived weapons. However, a limited incidental capability against ICBMs exists. ...more on Wikipedia about "Terminal High Altitude Area Defense"
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