The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the near-term should apply existing interceptor missiles to shoot down hypersonic glide vehicles and avoid investing in a purpose-built, glide-phase interceptor until the technology matures, a Raytheon executive says. “If we’re not looking at what we have now, we’re missing an opportunity,” says Mitch Stevison, a vice president for Raytheon Missile Systems, who laid out his version of a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System during ...

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