Navy Theater Wide Theater Ballistic Missile Defense System (TBMD) (U)
(U) The Navy Theater-Wide Defense (NTWD) program will provide U.S. forces an upper-tier ballistic missile defense capability without the need for land bases. Taking advantage of the mobility of Navy ships, this system could be the first deployed in a region. NTWD will intercept attacking missiles in their ascent, near apogee and descent phases, thereby providing a large and highly-effective, layered regional defense.
Description User Impact Programmatics Images Related Initiatives Related Requirements Related Categories Road Map Placements Additional Hotlinks Lead Office POC
(U) The Navy Theater-Wide Defense (NTWD) system will use an interceptor with exo-atmospheric capabilities. The system will be deployed on existing AEGIS cruisers and destroyers using the SPY-1 radar and the vertical launch system. A concurrent concept exploration and advanced technology demonstration program is underway; the concept exploration effort consists of a joint system engineering task force to study available interceptor technologies, such as Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP), Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Atmospheric Interceptor Technologies (AIT) and Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV). The advanced technology demonstration of the Standard Missile-X (SM-X) will culminate in technical demonstration flights in 1999 and 2000. This program will build upon the Navy Area TBMD system, the Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IV, Terrier LEAP flight demonstration and technologies, and the AEGIS weapon system. Upon completion of the interceptor concept studies and any relevant interceptor/component testing, the Theater-Wide system configuration will be defined. Engineering and manufacturing development of the Theater-Wide system will begin early next decade.
User Impact (U):
(U) To be supplied.
Name Title SM-2 SM-2 Standard Missile This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Initiatives (U):
Name Title DSP Defense Support Program (DSP) Navy Area Defense Navy Area Defense Radiant GOLD Radiant GOLD SBIRS High Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) High This Table Is Unclassified.
Related Requirements (U):None.
Related Categories (U):
Name Title Ground-Based Missile Defense Ground Based Missile Defense This Table Is Unclassified.
Road Map Placements (U):
Name Title SPACE CONTROL: NMD/ COUNTERSPACE SPACE CONTROL: NMD/ COUNTERSPACE This Table Is Unclassified.
Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):
Lead Office (U):
Point of Contact (U):
(U) Maj Mike LaPointe, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 325-6422, DSN 221-6422.
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703)808-6040, DSN 898-6040.
Date Of Information (U):
(U) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999