The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s most recent trial for the Aegis ballistic missile defense system is another stop toward proving that airborne infrared sensors can be used to cue a ballistic target intercept. The agency’s ultimate goal is to integrate the disparate elements of a vast ballistic missile defense system – including satellites, airborne infrared data and ground- and ship-based radars – into a single system of sensors and shooters functioning seamlessly. A ...

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