Тема: Land-Based SM-3
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In 2003, Raytheon Missile Systems recognized the need to develop and deploy a land-based variant of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) and has been pursuing the concept largely using its own funding for the last five years.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has stated that it believes land-based SM-3 could provide Israel with a near-term solution to counter the ballistic missile threat from Iran and placed $50 million in the fiscal year 2010 budget to continue development of the system.
Because the land-based concept integrates an existing set of components — the SM-3 missile, the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and the AN-TPY-2 radar — it’s an affordable, low-risk option for a very real threat
Raytheon has already tested and proved that compatibility of the missile engagement logic works with the THAAD fire control system.
Mike Booen, Raytheon’s vice president of Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems: “With the SM-3 production line operational and some integration work already completed, with adequate funding we could trial the Land Based SM-3 system one year before the MDA’s notional initial operating capability of 2014.”
Developing and fielding a system from scratch could take 10 or more years and cost more than $1 billion.