Raytheon confident SM-3 Block IIA can intercept ICBM warheads

By Jason Sherman  
October 4, 2019 at 3:43 PM
Raytheon is “very confident” the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA -- a new ballistic missile interceptor developed with Japan to defeat medium- and intermediate-range threats -- can also knock down intercontinental ballistic missiles, delivering Washington and Tokyo more than they originally bargained for. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Missile Systems’ vice president, said the kinematic potential of the SM-3 Block IIA is projected to significantly outperform the original design requirements, delivering a weapon system that allows the U.S. military and Japan's self defense...

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