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MDA seeks to update sensors for hypersonic threat defense

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director at the Missile Defense Agency, has said at a congressional hearing that modernizing sensors can help MDA counter emerging missile threats, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday.

“The hypersonic threat is real and it’s coming,” he told members of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Wednesday.

“Plus with the more complex countermeasures that these threats will produce to confuse our defensive systems, the ability to maintain a custody becomes even more important.”

Greaves, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, noted that MDA is requesting $120.4 million in fiscal 2019 funds to develop a kill chain technology, analyze target of opportunity events, implement space sensor technology and update multidomain command-and-control systems as part of the agency’s hypersonic defense effort.

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