WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) — The US Defense Department is asking for $1.6 billion to test and develop its ground-based interceptor ballistic missile defense system, according to department’s program acquisition document.
“Additional funding is sought for…missile defense ground based interceptor reliability ($1.6 billion),” the document issued Monday said.
The Pentagon said it seeks to defend the United States from ballistic missile attacks by striking and destroying incoming missiles with a kill vehicle.
The Pentagon will use the $1.6 billion — up from $1 billion in 2015 — to test and develop a more accurate and reliable kill vehicle, according to the document.
The funds will also extend to cover the cost for an expert panel and a board to review past test failures.