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Pentagon weighing options for missile defence, says Undersecretary Kendall

Published on Jul 14, 2014 10:00 AM
 
A flight test of the exercising elements of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is launched by the 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at the Vandenberg AFB, California on June 22, 2014. The US Defence Department hopes to fund a much more reliable kill vehicle, or warhead, for the homeland missile defence system run by Boeing Co , but final decisions will depend largely on cost, the Pentagon's top arms buyer said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The US Defence Department hopes to fund a much more reliable kill vehicle, or warhead, for the homeland missile defence system run by Boeing Co , but final decisions will depend largely on cost, the Pentagon's top arms buyer said on Sunday.

"It's going at the end of the day to be a question of affordability," Defence Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters on the eve of the Farnborough airshow.

Kendall said decisions had not been finalized on whether to upgrade the existing kill vehicles, built by Raytheon Co , or start from scratch with a new design.

Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing have all expressed interest in bidding for a new kill vehicle.

 
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