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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.

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