The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s director is encouraging Japan to solidify plans to jointly produce the 21-in. SM-3 IIA ballistic missile killer to meet a tight fielding deadline in 2018. Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, MDA director, says that preparations must be made for stateside industry to produce the U.S./Japanese SM-3 Block IIA ballistic missile killer if the partners are unable to come to an agreement on production plans for the Raytheon-led interceptor. In a Jan. 3 letter ...

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