MDA Targets Sensor Integration

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As North Korea and Iran ramp up their programs to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles and, possibly, nuclear payloads, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is working to better integrate its sensors into a network. 

The ultimate goal is to have the entire missile defense system -- GMD, Aegis/SM-3, Thaad and PAC-3 -- operate as a single system where one's sensor can direct another's shooter. 

To get a look at the deployment of MDA's current sensor arsenal, look at Aviation Week's interactive graphic here. 

Subscribers can check out Aviation Week's special report on this work -- and its potential impact on the design of the future Common Kill Vehicle -- in the Aug. 5/12 double edition.

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