Despite long-term budget restrictions, U.S. officials appear optimistic about development of air-launched missiles to destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during the early launch or boost phases of their flight. Before his October retirement, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz, confirmed that the mission area and an air-launch and kill architecture is of interest to the service. That optimism was reflected recently by Yosi Druker, director of ...


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