The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has delayed the initial fielding of the terrestrial version of the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) by two years because it now appears that developing the anti-missile system will be more technologically challenging than originally thought, according to a Defense Department official. MDA indicated in an industry briefing last December that it hoped to field a ground-based version of the terrestrial KEI test bed in 2008 or 2009. But briefing documents ...

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