The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) plans to conduct its second intercept attempt with a Raytheon SM-3 IB missile this week. The first attempt, in September, failed owing to a solid-rocket fuel burn through the missile casing, according to industry officials. This resulted from a specific flight profile, which they say will be avoided by a change to the missile's software. Two more SM-3 IB tests are slated for this year, and MDA is also planning to conduct a “fly-by” attempt with its ...


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