On Wednesday, the Pentagon has announced that it is closing a troubled billion-dollar program to build up a ballistic missile interceptor, cited design problems.
The Defense Department has said that it would seek bids for the latest version of the weapons system called the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV). The program was being led by Boeing.
The Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin has said that “ending the program was the responsible thing to do.”
Griffin continued, “Development programs sometimes encounter problems. After exercising due diligence, we decided the path we’re going down wouldn’t be fruitful, so we’re not going down that path anymore.”
The ground-based system was likely to work by firing off a “kill vehicle” from an interceptor missile to defend the United States against long-range ballistic missile attacks.
However, the proposed program has suffered years of setbacks.
In December 2018, the Missile Defense Agency of Pentagon has concluded that “certain critical components” failed to meet technical requirements, claims a Defense Department spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carver.
Griffin has decided after five months to terminate the contract and consider alternatives. The Pentagon has finally concluded that the design problems were either invincible or too costly to fix, added Carver.
He continued, “Research and testing accomplished prior to the program’s end will inform development of the next-generation interceptor, which will include a new kill vehicle.”