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Pentagon seeks $8.5b to upgrade, improve missile defense system

Updated: 2014-03-06 08:22
By Agencies in Washington ( China Daily)

The US Missile Defense Agency mapped out plans on Tuesday to overhaul the ground-based US missile defense system managed by Boeing Co and improve its reliability after several test failures in recent years.

Missile Defense Agency Director Vice-Admiral James Syring said the government was requesting about $300 million in fiscal 2015 to redesign the Raytheon Co "kill vehicle", which hits and destroys an enemy missile on contact; add a new long-range radar; and fund other measures to help the system better identify, track and destroy enemy missiles.

Besides the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Iran, an increasing number of nations are testing ballistic missiles, Syring said.

Pentagon seeks $8.5b to upgrade, improve missile defense system

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