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Boeing wins $6.56 billion US defense contract: Pentagon

Boeing wins $6.56 billion US defense contract: Pentagon”

Last spring, the U.S. military successfully tested the anti-missile defense system to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the Pacific Ocean.

The missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands on the island of Kauai.

United States defence officials are said to be looking for sites on the country's west coast to deploy new anti-missile systems.

The two Defense Department officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they do not have the relevant authorization to speak publicly about the interceptor missile tests and whether they succeeded or failed.

An intercept test of the missile in June also failed, but a successful test was carried out early previous year, the Reuters news agency points out. The sources say the SM-3 missed an incoming dummy missile off the Hawaiian coast, marking the second failure in three tests for the US-Japanese system.

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For now, the missile is used to target intermediate-range missiles from adversaries and is a key element of USA missile defenses in the Pacific region.

The official from the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia noted that the SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptor that has been contracted to the Raytheon Corporation for development was launched from a Hawaii-based test site.

"We're honored to support the USA military in protecting the homeland", Boeing Defense tweeted in reaction to the award. Domestic officials say it is created to be capable of intercepting a ballistic missile flying on a "lofted trajectory", which falls toward a target at much higher speed than those fired on a normal trajectory.

U.S. to deploy missile defense system in Ukraine? The SM-3 IIA will have to be tested again at Kauai before that happens.

Pyongyang has test-fired ballistic missiles on lofted trajectories into the sea around Japan multiple times, and officials said it would be very hard for Japan's current anti-missile defense systems to shoot them down if they were to threaten the country's territory. The US media reported soon after the test that it resulted in a failure, the second one following the failed test in June caused by human error.



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