When an intercontinental ballistic missile is hurtling through space, there are mere seconds to stop it safely outside the Earth's atmosphere, long before it nears its pre-determined target.
That’s what Raytheon Missiles & Defense has been doing for some 40 years. As a key component of the missile defense system, our kill vehicles have achieved 47 space intercepts to date.
We’re constantly perfecting these defensive weapons. Each time we build and launch a kill vehicle into space, we’re collecting invaluable data and high-fidelity models that inform the next build and the next launch.