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Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 05, 2012
The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon a $230 million contract for 14 Standard Missile-3 Block IA missiles and five SM-3 Block IB missiles.
The SM-3 Block IA missiles will bolster the nation's inventory that is deployed around the world today aboard U.S and Japanese Navy ships.
Designed to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats in space, Raytheon's SM-3 Block IB includes an enhanced two-color infrared seeker for better target discrimination.
This improved SM-3, which was recently successful in two back-to-back flight tests in May and June 2012, also has a Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System that allows the kinetic warhead to propel itself toward incoming threats using short bursts of precision propulsion.
Raytheon has delivered more than 135 SM-3 missiles to the U.S. and Japanese navies on time and on budget.
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Russia to create new ICBM by 2018
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Sep 04, 2012
Russia is due to create a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 2018, Strategic Missile Forces commander Sergei Karakayev said on Monday. "Construction of the missile is ongoing," he said. "It is to be completed by 2018." The new missile is to replace the R-36M2 Voyevoda (NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan) missile. So far all of Russia's recent ICBM projects, both sea ... read more
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