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Despite test failure, MDA moves forward with SM-3 Block IIA plans

February 13, 2018 |
Justin Doubleday
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The Missile Defense Agency is moving forward with plans to purchase more Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided interceptors in fiscal year 2019 and deploy the weapon by the end of this calendar year, despite the system failing to intercept a ballistic missile target during a recent flight test. MDA plans to procure six SM-3 Block IIA interceptors in FY-19, according to its budget request overview , released this week. The Pentagon is requesting a total of $709 million in FY-19...

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