New Air Force, MDA boost-phase intercept project starts and immediately stalls

By Jason Sherman  
May 30, 2019 at 4:32 PM
Defense Department plans for a new kinetic boost-phase interceptor, an air-launched weapon envisioned for fighter aircraft to attack enemy ballistic missiles, stalled this month after the Air Force and an unnamed contractor failed to agree on contract terms to develop the new capability. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein directed the launch of the Extended Range Weapon -- dubbed ERWn -- this year as a rapid prototyping project in direct support of the new National Defense Strategy. The...

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