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Space-based interceptors
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:22:23 AM »
Trumpís Missile Defense Review holds status quo, but will study space-based interceptors | Janes - 17 January 2019
The review contained few surprises and appeared to underscore the Pentagon's interest in ongoing efforts, such as fielding more space-based sensors and potentially using ship-based Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptors to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). A SM-3 Block IIA is to be tested against an ICBM-class target in 2020.

Perhaps most notably, however, the report said the Pentagon would "study development and fielding of a space-based missile intercept layer capable of boost-phase defense" and provide a report within six months. That study is to "identify the most promising technologies, and estimated schedule, cost, and personnel requirements, for a possible space-based defensive layer that achieves an early operational capability for boost-phase defense".

In May 2017 then-secretary of defence Jim Mattis directed the department to begin its Ballistic Missile Defense Review, later re-named the MDR, to address not just ballistic missiles but also cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons.

An artist's rendition of the Ground-based Midcourse Defenseís (GMD's) Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle that is designed to collide with and destroy nuclear warheads in outer space. Source: Raytheon