NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Medium-range ballistic missile target vehicles for use in missile defense testing are being built by L-3 Coleman under contract to the Missile Defense Agency.
The award to L-3's aerospace business has an initial value of $73 million. Contract options, which bring the award to a five-year level of performance, are worth more than $400 million, the company said.
"We are proud to be the winner of this critical competitive contract from MDA," said Steve Kantor, president of L-3's Electronic Systems Group. "L-3 Coleman has over 21 years of successful target system delivery performance, providing high-quality targets at an industry-leading value.
"Most recently, L-3 Coleman successfully demonstrated our Extended Long Range Air Launched Target in the FTI-01 integrated live-fire demonstration in October 2012. This was one of the largest, most complex mission flight tests ever attempted. We are extremely pleased to continue our work with MDA by applying the E-LRALT proven technology to the MRBM [medium range ballistic missile] program."
Kantor said the target vehicles will enable MDA to continue to assess the performance of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.
The number of target vehicles to be produced was not disclosed.