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U.S. gears for high-stakes missile “defense” test aimed at Iran

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Jim Wolf, Reuters, April 7, 2011

The United States is preparing for its first test of a sea-based defense against longer-range missiles of a type that officials say could soon threaten Europe from Iran.

Much is riding on the event, including confidence in the Obama administration’s tight timeline for defending European allies and U.S. forces deployed against the perceived Iranian threat.

The last two intercept tests of a separate ground-based missile defense, aimed at protecting U.S. soil, have failed.

The planned sea-based test this month will pit Lockheed Martin Co’s Aegis shipboard combat system and a Raytheon Co missile interceptor against their first intermediate-range ballistic missile target, said Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency.

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04/09/2011 at 4:09 pm

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