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MDA looks to narrow competition for hypersonic missile killer

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Raytheon Missiles Defense was selected by the as one of the companies to develop and test the , the first system specifically designed to defeat hypersonic threats. (Raytheon graphic)

WASHINGTON: The Missile Defense Agency plans this year to narrow down the competitors in its effort to develop a new interceptor to shoot down hypersonic missiles, says Director .

“We have a Other Transaction Authority agreement in place with three separate companies that are competing now. We are evaluating those concepts for down-select later this year, so we will go from the current three down to the two, perhaps the one, depending on the maturity of those those different proposals,” he told the House Armed Services’ strategic forces

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