MDA official: New Guam defense system must include SM-6, implying major role for Aegis Ashore

By Jason Sherman / November 18, 2021 at 6:07 PM
The Standard Missile-6 must be a non-negotiable component of whatever new air and missile defense system is designed for Guam because it is the only fielded counter-hypersonic capability, said a senior Missile Defense Agency official -- an assertion that implies the Navy’s Aegis Ashore should be a central component of any system acquired for the Western Pacific U.S. territory. Rear Adm. Tom Druggan, Missile Defense Agency program executive for sea-based weapon systems, today publicly advocated for SM-6 to be a...

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