Missile Defense Agency wish list includes more interceptors, THAAD battery

The Missile Defense Agency has outlined more than $1.1 billion in programs that didn’t make it into last week’s defense budget request, including more missile interceptors and a new missile defense battery.

The agency’s full unfunded requirements list, obtained by POLITICO, gives lawmakers a blueprint should they choose to boost funding for missile defense programs.

The wish list includes $231 million to purchase 10 more SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptors. The agency said the additional purchase would help it reach the goal of 24 interceptors per year, which it called “the maximum sustainable production rate per year without further investment.” The interceptors are ranked as MDA’s top unfunded priority.