MDA Director Sees New Space Investment

June 30, 2021

Breaking Defense:

Space is becoming ever-more important for detecting and tracking “evolved” threats from both ballistic and hypersonic cruise missiles, Vice Adm. Jon Hill, Missile Defense Agency director, said today.

“One of the great values of space” is to “sensor architectures,” Hill told a webinar sponsored by The Hill newspaper. “That’s how we handle the global maneuver problem.”

Hill explained that, “if you don’t have a sensor, tracking from launch all the way through demise, there’s a period of uncertainty in that track. And what we don’t want to do is launch a weapon that then opens a seeker and there’s nothing there, because the target has maneuvered…”

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