U.S. Missile Defense Opens Door To New Kill Vehicles
By Amy Butler, Jen DiMascio
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
There could be more programmatic reverberations from the policy announcement, too. Obering says the Sea-Based X-Band radar, a massive sensor mounted atop a floating oil rig, will likely be used again. It had largely been shelved due to unreliability and operating cost. The radar could be based in Hawaii and activated and transported around the Pacific as needed, he says.
Though missile defense advocates see the shift as an opportunity to offer new ideas and dust off existing technologies such as Sea-Based X-Band radar, all of these will be measured against stiff pressure to reduce defense spending.
This article reflects a correction made after the print version went to press.