The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency for the first time in its regular annual budget contains funds to buy additional Iron Dome missile defense systems for Israel, according to documents and an agency spokesman.
The Pentagon will request $9.16 billion for missile defense programs for the 2014 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, about $550 million less than this year’s $9.71 billion, according to internal budget figures obtained by Bloomberg News.
The latest model of a Raytheon Co. anti-missile warhead failed in the final seconds of a $300 million flight test last December because of a “guidance error,” according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
Raytheon Co.’s latest interceptor warhead intended to protect the U.S. from intercontinental ballistic missiles successfully completed an initial flight test to determine whether a guidance flaw has been fixed, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency in January halted deliveries of Raytheon Co. ’s most advanced warhead for the nation’s anti-missile interceptors after a December test failure, according to congressional auditors.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta allowed the former director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to retire at his current rank rather than demoting him after the Pentagon’s inspector general criticized his management style.