Pentagon approves initial production for U.S.-Japan SM-3 Block IIA program

By Jason Sherman  
October 8, 2019 at 1:55 PM
The Pentagon's acquisition executive has cleared the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program, in co-development since 2006 with Japan, for transition to production -- signaling confidence in the interceptor after early flight-test challenges and setting the stage for the rollout of a major operational enhancement to the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The decision allows the Missile Defense Agency to access more than $450 million in production orders Congress appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2018 Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements Budget Amendment...

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