(U) The Navy Theater-Wide Defense (NTWD) program will provide U.S. forces an upper-tier ballistic missile defense capability without the need for land bases. Taking advantage of the mobility of Navy ships, this system could be the first deployed in a region. NTWD will intercept attacking missiles in their ascent, near apogee and descent phases, thereby providing a large and highly-effective, layered regional defense.
(U) The Navy Theater-Wide Defense (NTWD) system will use an interceptor with exo-atmospheric capabilities. The system will be deployed on existing AEGIS cruisers and destroyers using the SPY-1 radar and the vertical launch system. A concurrent concept exploration and advanced technology demonstration program is underway; the concept exploration effort consists of a joint system engineering task force to study available interceptor technologies, such as Lightweight Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP), Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Atmospheric Interceptor Technologies (AIT) and Exo-Atmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV). The advanced technology demonstration of the Standard Missile-X (SM-X) will culminate in technical demonstration flights in 1999 and 2000. This program will build upon the Navy Area TBMD system, the Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IV, Terrier LEAP flight demonstration and technologies, and the AEGIS weapon system. Upon completion of the interceptor concept studies and any relevant interceptor/component testing, the Theater-Wide system configuration will be defined. Engineering and manufacturing development of the Theater-Wide system will begin early next decade.
(U) To be supplied.
|SM-2||SM-2 Standard Missile|
|DSP||Defense Support Program (DSP)|
|Navy Area Defense||Navy Area Defense|
|Radiant GOLD||Radiant GOLD|
|SBIRS High||Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) High|
|Ground-Based Missile Defense||Ground Based Missile Defense|
|SPACE CONTROL: NMD/ COUNTERSPACE||SPACE CONTROL: NMD/ COUNTERSPACE|
(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 808-6040, DSN 898-6040.
(U) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 23 June 2001