Update on the Cost of GMD Test CTV-01. (February 5, 2013)

According to MDA spokeman Rick Lehner in the February 4 issue  of Space News, the January 26, 2013 CTV-01 non-intercept test of the Ground-Based Midcourse (GMD) national missile defense system cost about S170 million.[1]  This is an increase of about $30 million relative to the estimated $141 million that the GAO reported had been spent as of February 2012, as described in my post of December 28, 2012.  Since there is still analysis of the test to be done, it is possible that this cost will increase further.

[1] Mike Gruss, “Troubled U.S. Missile Defense System Passes Flight Test,” Space News, February 4, 2013, p. 7.

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