The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, says the agency is rethinking its targets acquisition strategy to attain economies of scale and cut the per-unit cost of target missiles used in flight tests. To date, missile defense tests rely on targets that use motors and components from the Navy’s Polaris and Trident missiles, which are decades old and, thus, less reliable. A delay or problem with targets can act as a pacing item for flight-tests, ...
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