New U.S. kill vehicle will fly in 2018, take on its first target in 2019

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    by Mike Gruss — January 20, 2016

    WASHINGTON – The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said Jan. 19 the schedule for a new kill vehicle will be based on rigor and process, not hard deadlines, an allusion to design missteps by the organization more than a decade ago.

    U.S. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, the head of the MDA, said his plan is to field a new kill vehicle around 2020 and to hold the first flight test, a non-intercept test, in 2018. MDA would conduct an intercept test for the new kill vehicle in 2019. Additional tests are possible.

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