Boeing announces $6.5 B contract extension for missile defense program in Huntsville

02 February, 2018, 21:46 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Aegis SM 3 Block IIA missile

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said an SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to hit another missile launched from an aircraft.

Another SM-3 Block test in June failed after the interceptor missile's self-destruct mechanism was accidentally triggered by a member of military personnel, although there was a successful test in early 2017.

The outcome of such flight intercept tests - whether a success or failure - is usually reported by the agency that conducts them, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Raytheon's new SM-3 IIA missile, which is in the final stages of testing, offers promise as a possible future second layer of defense for Hawaii from North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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Under this undefinitized modification, the Missile Defense Agency executes missile defeat and defense enhancements to complete the accelerated delivery of a new missile field with 20 additional silos and two additional silos in a previously constructed missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska, and procurement and deployment of 20 additional Ground Based Interceptors (GBIs).

"We're honored to support the USA military in protecting the homeland", Boeing Defense tweeted in reaction to the award. It successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target last February in a test launch.

A secret United States military test to shoot down an incoming missile has failed, according to reports, raising concerns about the threat posed by North Korea.

The SM-3 Block IIA is an improved version of the SM-3 missile.

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In Tokyo, a Defense Ministry source said Japan needs to examine the test results on its own even though the system is being jointly developed with the United States.

The a year ago has seen ramped-up North Korean missile launches, some of them over Japanese territory, and its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. The false warning, which comes amid continued tensions with North Korea, set off panic on the islands.

The State Department asked Congress to approve the $133 million (£93m) sale of the four missiles and related hardware, which can be launched from destroyers at sea or from a land-based system.

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