Lockheed Martin Corp. and the Boeing Co. will partner to provide the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) with a solution for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) requirement. The two companies submitted jointly a proposal to the agency in March. Lockheed Martin will lead the team and Boeing will be the principal teammate.

Lockheed Martin has assembled the company's most experienced missile defense talent to provide the MDA with a flexible, creative approach to the Kinetic Energy Interceptor program. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, TX, will lead the team with significant contributions from Lockheed Martin's space systems and naval surveillance systems operations. Boeing Missile Defense Systems will complement the team with its own extensive defense experience. "Lockheed Martin and Boeing will combine each company's strengths and experience in missile defense to ensure that MDA and our nation receive the best solution available for a new ground, multi-use interceptor," said Mike Trotsky, Lockheed Martin vice president of air and missile defense programs. "Together, we will provide the MDA with the most proven and affordable capabilities available today to meet the ground-based objectives and continuing into the future with a seamless transition to a sea-based capability."

The Request for Proposals (RFP) released by MDA in February calls for responses from contractors or teams with experience in weapon system integration, booster development, kill vehicle development, launcher development/integration, integration with external sensors, battle management, command, control and communications and missile production. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are world-class providers of systems and solutions in all of these areas and each company has a proven track record of successes that dates back to the earliest missile defense programs.