A Standard Missile Block IB interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie guided missile cruiser during a Missile Defence Agency test in the mid-Pacific in June 2012. Photo: Raytheon via Reuters

Pentagon cancels US$1 billion ‘kill vehicle’ meant to shoot down missiles from Iran or North Korea

  • Contract with Boeing terminated as next-generation interceptor fails to prove its effectiveness
  • Warhead maker Raytheon struggled with design and manufacturing problems that increased defence system’s cost
Topic |   Defence

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A Standard Missile Block IB interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie guided missile cruiser during a Missile Defence Agency test in the mid-Pacific in June 2012. Photo: Raytheon via Reuters
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US Department of Defence conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island on Monday. Photo: AFP

New arms race fears as China and Russia blast US over missile test

  • US conducts flight test of a cruise missile, sending a signal of determination to develop intermediate-range capabilities
  • Comes weeks after pulling out of a treaty with Russia that barred testing and deploying such technology
Topic |   United States

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US Department of Defence conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island on Monday. Photo: AFP
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