The beefed-up Raytheon Standard Missile developed jointly by the U.S. and Japan has excelled in its first intercept trial against a medium-range ballistic missile target, raising the bar of missile shield technology as North Korea works to deploy nuclear warheads atop its increasingly sophisticated rockets. Despite technical hiccups and delays, the 21-in.-dia. Raytheon/Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Standard Missile-3 Block 2A exoatmospheric interceptor is on track for deployment aboard ...

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