Pentagon budget 2021: MDA requests funding to augment strategic missile defences

February 11, 2020


The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting about USD1.9 billion in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) to improve its strategic homeland missile defence system, including USD664.1 million to develop a new interceptor after a similar programme was cancelled last year.

The Pentagon was planning to use new Redesigned Kill Vehicles (RKVs) for another 20 ground-based interceptors (GBIs) that were to be purchased and deployed at Fort Greely in Alaska. There are 40 GBIs at Fort Greely and four at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Plans to increase GMD’s capacity with more interceptors, all at Fort Greely in Alaska, were codified by Congress in 2017.

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