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    Earlier this month, the US Defence Department announced that the Orbital Sciences Corp (OSC) had been awarded more than $1.1 billion in order to provide the US military with target missiles.

    The US Navy has published a video on Twitter showing the test launch of a GQM-163A Coyote missile from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of an exercise.

    The military noted that this was the first launch of the missile, which is a supersonic sea-skimming target, from the East Coast.

    ​The GQM-163 Coyote is built by Orbital Sciences, which is a subsidiary of the Northrop Grumman Corporation aerospace and defence technology giant. Besides the US, the missile is currently operated by France, Australia, and Japan.

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    Northrop Grumman, Orbital Sciences Corporation, missile launch, U.S
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