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Missile Defense Agency to Redesign Raytheon Missile Destroyer; James Syring Comments

James Syring
James Syring

The Missile Defense Agency has requested $279 million in funding to design a new missile destroyer in an effort to enhance reliability of ground-based interceptors, Reuters reported Monday.

Andrea Shalal writes the agency is set to complete a government-led redesign program of Raytheon’s ballistic missile destroyer system.

Vice Adm. James Syring, head of MDA, told reporters the government intends to use the design as the basis for a contract to develop new vehicles in 2018.

Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin submitted proposals for the redesign effort, according to the report.

MDA is scheduled to conduct a nonintercept test for the missile defense system in 2015 and an intercept test in 2016, Reuters reports.

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