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US begins NGI competition in major overhaul of homeland defence

22nd May 2020 - 09:00 GMT | by Jason Sherman in New York

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The Pentagon has launched a competition for a Next Generation Interceptor (NGI), as an ambitious project to overhaul the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system in the US with a new guided missile and warhead.

US defence strategists have an eye on the need to counter North Korean, and potentially Iranian, intercontinental ballistic missile threats in the 2030s. 

On 24 April, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) asked industry to propose a ‘clean-sheet redesign’ of both the booster and exoatmospheric kill vehicle for the US homeland missile defense system. The RfP came about one year after the Pentagon first halted development

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Jason Sherman is a US-based journalist. Since 1994, he has covered the Pentagon, defence industry, …

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