Boeing Conducts Successful GMD Integrated Flight Test

Jan 26, 2004, 00:00 ET from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

    ST. LOUIS, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE:   BA) announced
 today the successful launch of a missile defense interceptor boost vehicle
 from the Ronald Reagan Missile Site, at Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the
 Marshall Islands, at 9:23 p.m. EST.
     During the test, which is part of the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD)
 program and called Integrated Flight Test-13B, a developmental, three-stage
 booster vehicle traveled from the launch site to a simulated intercept point
 about 800 miles away over the Pacific Ocean.
     "The successful completion of IFT-13B moves the Boeing-led GMD team one
 step closer to delivering the nation's first defense against the ballistic
 missile threat," said Boeing Senior Vice President and General Manager of
 Missile Defense Systems James Evatt. "It's making the government's commitment
 to protect the U.S. homeland, forces overseas and friends and allies a
     The test validated the ability of the GMD system to track, acquire and
 destroy enemy ballistic missiles in the midcourse of flight.  Test objectives
 included the demonstration of system component integration, engagement
 operations, sensor tasking and operations and other capabilities to verify
 vehicle design and performance.
     The test also demonstrated the integration of the GMD Fire
 Control/Communications system at the Meck Island Launch Site; simulated Ground
 Based Radar Prototype at Kwajalein; Battle Management Command, Control and
 Communications functions, and In-Flight Interceptor Communications. The test
 did not involve an intercept.
     As the prime contractor for the GMD program, Boeing is responsible for the
 development and integration of the GMD system components, including the
 ground-based interceptor; ground-based radar prototype; Battle Management,
 Command, Control and Communication systems; early warning radars; and
 interfaces to the Defense Support Program early warning satellite system.
     The intercept boost vehicle was designed and built by Orbital Sciences
 Corp. Other GMD team members include Raytheon, Northrop-Grumman, and Lockheed
 Martin.  The mission was monitored by the Boeing GMD team.
     A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of
 the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis,
 Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $25 billion business. It provides
 systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers.
 It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the
 world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite
 manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary
 systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a
 global leader in launch services.

SOURCE Boeing Integrated Defense Systems