Griffin directs independent review of SM-3 Block IIA reliability, further delaying production

By Jason Sherman  
March 14, 2019 at 11:54 AM
The Pentagon's top weapons development official directed an independent assessment of Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile to scrutinize the reliability of the new ballistic missile interceptor in advance of considering a proposal to transition the weapon -- the first such interceptor developed with a foreign partner -- from development to production. Michael Griffin, under secretary of defense for research and engineering, commissioned an outside take on the SM-3 Block IIA after the interceptor notched two consecutive intercepts during...

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