Collaborating On Missile Defense
Raytheon Company and EADS SPACE Transportation have signed a
cooperative agreement to begin collaborating on ballistic missile
defense (BMD) interceptor programs in Europe, the United States and
around the world.
The agreement establishes a framework to enable and structure
formal discussions between the two companies to identify and pursue
business opportunities in the emerging global ballistic missile
defense market. Areas of immediate focus include developing mutual
business opportunities in variants of existing and emerging
exoatmospheric multi-stage BMD interceptors.
"With the proliferation of ballistic missiles and a growing
global need for missile defense, we are proud to work with
Raytheon, acknowledged partner in BMD exoatmospheric interceptors
and systems," said Herve Guillou, CEO EADS SPACE Transportation.
"In addition to exo-interceptors and interceptor components, we
will strive to foster our transatlantic relationship in other areas
including civil space programs."
"EADS SPACE Transportation is a natural partner for us in
transatlantic and global BMD. EADS SPACE Transportation has the
mature, complimentary technology that is key to building highly
capable interceptor systems, as well as compatible and balanced
long-term business relationships," said Louise Francesconi,
Raytheon's Missile Systems president. "Beyond domain expertise and
formidable industrial capability, EADS is a pan-European company
with a proven capacity to develop and integrate complex
multi-country and multi- company programs like Ariane 5."
Raytheon has developed for operational deployment all of the
United States' exoatmospheric interceptors, including the
land-based Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle for Ground-based Midcourse
Defense, and the sea-based STANDARD Missile-3 for Aegis BMD.
Additionally, with Northrop Grumman, Raytheon is developing the
Kinetic Energy Interceptor.
EADS ST is considered Europe's leader in ballistic missile
defense technology. EADS ST focuses on key areas of missile defense
including: domain knowledge, ballistic threat and ballistic
warfare, system integration and engineering, state-of-the-art,
high-performance, carbon composite interceptor stages, and advanced
solid and liquid divert propulsion.