Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, has said MDA’s $8.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget proposal allocates money to build and maintain U.S. defense weapons, DoD News reported Wednesday.
Claudette Roulo writes Syring told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee Wednesday the agency seeks to deploy up to 44 ground-based interceptors against ballistic missile threats by the end of 2017.
“It is vital we continue to provide the warfighters the most advanced, cost-effective and reliable weapons systems they need to do their jobs,” he added, according to DoD News.
During the meeting, Syring also noted the second and third phases of the U.S.’ European Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense system remains on schedule and MDA will ask Congress for a multiyear authority to procure Standard Missile-3 Block IB weapons.
He told the subcommittee that MDA intends to continue collaboration with industry to develop cost-saving strategies for technology research and development programs.