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.[1] 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.[2][3]

The launch vehicle will be a Boeing F-15C Golden Eagle with an AESA radar.[4]


  1. ^ "Raytheon Awarded $10 million to Develop New Missile Defense Interceptor". Raytheon. Sep 18, 2008.
  2. ^ Raytheon NCADE
  3. ^ "NCADE: An ABM AMRAAM - Or Something More?". Defense Industry Daily. 20 Nov 2008.
  4. ^ Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element[permanent dead link]