WASHINGTON, March 4 The U.S. Defense
Department's fiscal 2015 budget includes $8.5 billion in funding
for missile defense programs and reaffirms the Obama
administration's plan to build 14 additional ground-based
interceptors by 2017.
The budget request, which must still be approved by
Congress, includes $99.5 million for design of a new common
"kill vehicle," the top part of the ground-based interceptor
that hits and destroys an incoming enemy missile on contact.
The new kill vehicle would eventually replace the current
kill vehicle built by Raytheon Co, which has suffered
several test failures, the Pentagon said in budget documents. It
did not spell out which kill vehicle would be used on the 14 new
interceptors to be built.