The Network Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE) is an anti-ballistic missile system being developed by Raytheon for the Missile Defense Agency. On Sept. 18, 2008 Raytheon announced it had been awarded a $10 million contract to continue NCADE research and development. The NCADE system is a boost phase interceptor based heavily on the AIM-120 AMRAAM, with the AMRAAM fragmentation warhead replaced by a hit-to-kill vehicle powered by a hydroxylammonium nitrate monopropellant rocket motor from Aerojet.
The launch vehicle will be a Boeing F-15C Golden Eagle with an AESA radar.
- "Raytheon Awarded $10 million to Develop New Missile Defense Interceptor". Raytheon. Sep 18, 2008. http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/index.php?item=1080.
- Raytheon NCADE
- "NCADE: An ABM AMRAAM - Or Something More?". Defense Industry Daily. 20 Nov 2008. http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/ncade-an-abm-amraam-03305/.
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