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SM-3 Block IB intercept test, key to full-rate production decision, set for NATO exercise

October 03, 2017 |
Jason Sherman
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The Missile Defense Agency plans to conduct a key flight test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptor this month over the Atlantic Ocean as part of a major NATO-led, live-fire integrated air and missile defense exercise. The event has implications for long-delayed Pentagon plans to proceed with full-rate production of the Raytheon-built weapon. According to a former Pentagon official, MDA has scrapped plans for Flight Test Standard Missile-26 -- slated as an additional intercept flight test to support an...

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