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Pentagon budget 2021: MDA seeks to counter hypersonic weapons with USD206 million request

11 February 2020
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The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has requested USD206.832 million in fiscal year (FY) 2021 to develop defences against hypersonic speed weapons, as Russia and China have both claimed advances in the technology.

In its budget proposal, published on 10 February, the MDA said that funding would help “define concepts and develop engineering requirements for future missile defense configurations”. Last year the MDA requested USD132.612 million for hypersonic defences but Congress added to that and appropriated USD390.204 million in FY 2020.

This year’s request includes continuing a Regional Glide Phase Weapon System (RGPWS) and developing “technologies that augment future hypersonic defense architectures”, according to budget documents.

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