The U.S. Congress ordered the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency to submit a program of deployment in the country by 2026 of an additional 20 new interceptors of intercontinental ballistic missiles, bringing them to 64 units. This follows from a draft military budget for fiscal 2021 agreed by legislators in both chambers.
“By 2026, 20 additional interceptor missiles must be deployed”, the document says.
According to a Congressional order, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Agency, within 30 days of the enactment of the defense law published on Thursday, is to “present a program to develop an intermediate version of land-based kinetic interceptor missiles… to counter threats from North Korea and Iran”.
In August 2019, the Agency’s previous missile defense program to develop an upgraded version of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) kinetic interceptor was terminated due to poor test results.
In return, the BMD Agency proposed to begin work on a new-generation Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI) with more effective intercept capabilities that could be deployed by 2030 to counter a wide range of missile threats to the United States.
At present, the U.S. missile defense system has 44 long-range ground-based interceptors deployed at the Fort Greely (Alaska) and Vandenberg (California) bases.