First line of defense against ballistic missiles
The emerging threat of long-range ballistic missiles demands a new engagement paradigm – one that Raytheon fully supports with its breadth and depth of missile defense capability.
By leveraging decades of experience across several kill vehicle programs and vast tactical weapon expertise across every domain and mission area, we’re meeting the critical needs of today and planning for the threats of tomorrow.
Raytheon is the only company working simultaneously on four kill vehicles, providing a pipeline of crucial lessons learned and laboratories and factories teeming with experts whose knowledge is irreplaceable. Pioneering the nation’s early kinetic warhead development provided Raytheon the expertise to evolve the way kill vehicles are produced, tested, deployed, and ultimately how they perform to defend the United States and its allies. The company is building upon this legacy of expertise to revolutionize the role that kill vehicles play in missile defense.
Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV)
The Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), the pioneer of Raytheon’s kill vehicles, is the intercept component of the Ground Based Interceptor (GBI). 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) stands ready to defend the United States against intercontinental ballistic missiles as a mission-critical component of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GMD).
If a threat is detected using one of GMD’s multiple land, sea- and space-based sensors, a Ground-Based Interceptor will be launched into space using a three-stage solid rocket booster. Once outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, operating at the edge of space at hypersonic speeds, the EKV’s job begins.
The EKV seeks out the target using multi-color sensors, a cutting-edge onboard computer, and a rocket motor used only for steering in space. It hones in on its target, and with pinpoint precision, destroys it using nothing more than the force of a massive collision. No traditional warhead is needed.
Standard Missile-3 (SM-3)
Standard-Missile 3 (SM-3®) is a defensive weapon used by the U.S. Navy to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. This “hit-to-kill” missile interceptor uses a kinetic warhead to collide with targets in space, far above population centers below. The SM-3 program is a critical piece of the United States' Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe. The EKV and SM-3 vehicles have a combined record of 35 successful intercepts in space.
Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV)
The Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) is the next-generation, cost-effective solution that will leverage mature, proven components to simplify design and improve reliability. From drawing board to deployment, Raytheon is the only company with the unique technical talent, proven success and infrastructure to deliver a simpler, easier-to-produce next generation kill vehicle with a significant reduction in cost.
Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV)
As part of a contract awarded in August 2015, Raytheon is designing a fourth kill vehicle — called Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV), which will destroy several objects in space by using advanced sensor, guidance, propulsion and communication technologies.
Design work on the MOKV concept is under way in the company's Advanced Missile System's product line, an industry-leading technology and innovation hub. Raytheon kill vehicles are assembled in the company's world-class, one-of-a-kind Space Factory, which has been called a national asset.
TThe Missile Defense Agency's Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on June 22, 2014.