The U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully intercepted a unitary ARAV-A short-range target ballistic missile for the first time May 9, using the new Raytheon SM-3 IB. The test took place on the Pacific range and the interceptor was fired from the USS Lake Erie. The new interceptor, which carries an upgraded two-color infrared seeker and throttleable divert-and-attitude-control-system, failed to achieve an intercept during a September flight trial owing to a burn-through of its solid-rocket ...

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