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Boeing team delivers 44th GMD interceptor during year of program milestones and awards

March 20, 2018 in Defense

The Boeing-led Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) industry team and its U.S. Missile Defense Agency customer recently received two awards for “hitting a bullet with a bullet” -- a 2017 flight test in which a GMD Ground Based Interceptor destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile-range target.

The government-industry team accepted the Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award on March 1, 2018, and a Nelson P. Jackson Award from the U.S. National Space Club & Foundation on March 16.

The honors topped off a year of successful program milestones including delivery of the 44th Ground Based Interceptor to the Missile Defense Agency at Fort Greely, Alaska in November 2017, and a contract extension from the agency in January 2018 to lead the GMD industry team through the program’s next evolution. This will include a new missile field and 20 more interceptors.

GMD is the backbone of the United States’ ballistic missile defense system, providing the only homeland defense against ever-evolving and increasing long-range ballistic missile threats. Boeing has been the system’s prime contractor since 1998, partnering with its Missile Defense Agency customer in the design, development, integration, test and sustainment of all GMD components.

Watch the story above to see Boeing employees deliver the milestone 44th Ground Based Interceptor to the Missile Defense Agency.

In May 2017, Boeing supported a successful flight test in which a GMD Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile target.

U.S. Missile Defense Agency