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SM-3 AEGIS ABM System Faces Cutbacks

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As we've noted in a number of AEGIS-related posts on DID, the USA is adapting the Standard air-defence missile for anti-ballistic missile (ABM) use via the Standard Missile-3. These interceptors have managed to hit their targets in five out of six recent tests, and their naval mobility makes them well suited for forward defense in and around Japan, Korea, and Tawan. Land-based ABMs, on the other hand, have had a more mixed record. Yet reports that cuts may be ahead for the SM-3 ABM program....

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