Contract Release Number: No. 203-97
FOR RELEASE AT 5 p.m. EDT April 25, 1997

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization announced today that two
contracts for the concept definition study phase of the National Missile
Defense (NMD) Lead Systems Integrator have been awarded to
United Missile Defense Company, Bethesda, Md., and Boeing North
American Inc., Downey, Calif. United Missile Defense Co. is a joint
venture between Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Co., Sunnyvale,
Calif.; Raytheon Co., Lexington, Mass.; and TRW's Strategic Systems
Division, San Bernardino, Calif. The contracts have a value of $8
million each and will cover a six- month period of performance with no
options. The two firms will develop analysis, plans and evaluations for
numerous aspects of the NMD program, including the interceptor
rocket booster and kill vehicle, radars, testing, deployment and

At the end of the six-month contract period, one firm will be selected
for award of a contract to serve as the Lead Systems Integrator for the
NMD program. 

The National Missile Defense program is designed to develop a system
which could protect the United States from a limited ballistic missile
attack. The current plan is to develop NMD component systems and
conduct a system test in 1999. If warranted by a ballistic missile threat
to the United States, a NMD system could be deployed by 2003. 

News media queries should be addressed to BMDO External Affairs,
(703) 695-8743.