After Patriot downs Russian missile, MDA wants to 'build out' counter-hypersonic capability

By Jason Sherman / May 10, 2023 at 1:22 PM
The Missile Defense Agency is publicly calling on the Army to collaborate on improving Patriot to give land forces protection from maneuvering hypersonic weapons after Ukraine -- to the evident surprise of Defense Department leaders -- debuted the U.S.-developed air and missile defense system by intercepting a Russian hypersonic missile. MDA Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill -- who previously stated the only counter-hypersonic capability in the U.S. missile defense inventory was the Standard Missile-6 -- told lawmakers that Patriot is...

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