The United States and Japan announced on Sunday the first live-fire test of Raytheon Co’s new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is being jointly developed by the two countries for several billion dollars.
Riki Ellison, who heads the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, said the two countries will spend about $1 billion each to design, test and eventually produce the new missiles, a model for joint weapons development programs.
The SM-3 IIA is a modified version of an earlier SM-3 missile, which is compatible with the US Aegis combat system designed to destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space.
More powerful rocket motors and key technology improvements will allow the new missile to protect larger regions from short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.
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