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MDA Conducts Successful Test of Rocket Motor for Next Generation Interceptor Missile

14 June 2007

Lieutenant General Henry A. "Trey" Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, announced today the successful completion of an important test of the first stage rocket motor of the new Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI), a high-speed, three-stage interceptor system designed to destroy hostile ballistic missiles.

The static test firing, conducted at the Alliant Techsystems Inc. facility in Promontory, Utah, included the successful ignition of the rocket motor, a full-duration "burn," and demonstrated the performance of the motor assembly and thrust vector control nozzle for what will be a very high-acceleration, high-velocity and extremely maneuverable interceptor missile. This was the second of five planned first stage rocket motor ground tests. Following continued developmental tests of rocket motor stages and interceptor equipment, the Kinetic Energy Interceptor plans to conduct its first flight test in 2008. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the KEI program.

News media points of contact are Pam Rogers, MDA Public Affairs, at (256) 503-3726/(505) 678-1134 or pamela.rogers@mda.mil or Rick Lehner, MDA Public Affairs, at (703) 697-8997 or richard.lehner@mda.mil.

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