Raytheon to resume production of warhead after successful test

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Raytheon Co on Monday said it expects to soon resume production of an updated warhead, or “kill vehicle,” used for U.S. homeland missile defense after the system successfully intercepted a dummy target over the Pacific. “There are no other hurdles that we’re aware of, so we expect that we will go into production shortly,” Wes Kremer, vice president of air and missile defense systems at Raytheon, told reporters on a teleconference. Raytheon is a subcontractor to Boeing Co on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, which defends the United States against long-range ballistic missiles and is projected to cost a total of $41 billion. Kremer said Raytheon had not been officially notified by the Missile Defense Agency about resuming production, but the test had clearly validated the revamped design of the kill vehicle, which separates from the ground-based interceptor and hits an incoming warhead.

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