Agency missile defense has announced a tender for the development, testing and production natmosphere interceptor of a new generation of NGI (Next-Generation Interceptor), which will replace the produced today, the EKV (Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle). As reports Defense News, the development of a new interceptor, the Agency intends to spend 4.9 billion dollars over the next five years. The bids companies wishing to participate in the contest will be accepted until July 31, 2020.
USA are developing a national missile defense system since the mid 1990-ies. The authorities claim that it is needed primarily to protect against ballistic missiles of Iran and North Korea. Part of the American missile defense system includes radar early warning and tracking and GBI missiles with a warhead natmosphere intercept EKV.
Natmosphere interceptors represent a controlled kinetic projectile weight of about 64 kilograms. The projectile length is 1.4 meters and a diameter of 0.6 meters. The EKV is designed to hit warheads of ballistic missiles system breeding warheads on targets and warheads in orbit is a direct hit. That is such a hit is the most effective way to destroy an object beyond the atmosphere. The production of the EKV is engaged in a U.S. company Raytheon.
In 2010 Raytheon and Boeing under contract with the missile defense Agency, the U.S. engaged in the development of modernized natmosphere interceptor RKV (Redesigned Kill Vehicle) with increased accuracy. In March 2020, the U.S. military has canceled a tender to develop the RKV, declaring that the money spent on creating interceptors, participating companies does not need to return. The reason for this was the prolonged development time and a lot of technical difficulties that developers could not cope.
The NGI program was announced, instead of a private tender RKV. What are the military requirements for the new interceptor has not yet been disclosed. The contest Agency for missile defense is going to choose two companies, which will be entrusted the creation of interceptors NGI. After testing demonstrators natmosphere interceptor military will choose one of the companies which will be engaged in serial production of new missiles.
The completion of the program as yet unknown. According to the head of the missile defense Agency Vice Admiral John hill, the military expects to conduct tests of demonstrators interceptors as early as possible; the question of the completion of the development after 2030 years of not talking.