U.S. Will Spend Millions On ‘Game-Changing’ Laser-Firing Drone To Destroy Enemy Missiles

February 14, 2018

Newsweek:

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s budget for 2019 plans to allocate resources toward building a laser-firing drone to intercept missiles.

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requested a total $9.9 billion budget that accounts for 0.22 percent of President Donald Trump’s $4.4 trillion 2019 budget proposal, its single largest request in the history of the agency, as The Diplomat noted.

In the document, the agency specifically cites the “recent escalation of the threat” from North Korea—which has successfully tested two different kinds of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the U.S. mainland in 2017—as a reason to bolster missile defense spending…

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