U.S. Blocks Funding for Lockheed MEADS Program | Defense Tech

U.S. Blocks Funding for Lockheed MEADS Program | Defense Tech.

The U.S. plans to stop funding a missile defense system made by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Lawmakers agreed to prohibit using any funds for the so-called Medium Extended Air Defense System, known in military parlance as MEADS, as part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

The legislation, which sets military policy and spending targets for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1., was signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama while he was vacationing in Hawaii.

The final version of the bill notably didn’t include language supported by the Republican-led House of Representatives instructing the Army to look for opportunities to use the technology in other systems.

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