Originally Posted by My2Cents
“Early intercept” means that the SM-3 will intercept the target between the end of the boost phase and before missile warhead(s) separate from the body. It is a shorthand for “early mid-course interception”, and is definitely an exo-atmospheric kill.
I guess the challenge is for better sensors/guidance, and have a much faster and longer ranged SM-3. Perhaps the USG really just want to see if the other players, such as Boeing with their experience in GMD, and LockMart can come up with a better missile than Raytheon. As you've pointed out, this is most likely going to have to work with, or replaced the GMD.
Originally Posted by gf0012-aust
countries still have to get through various gates. they just can't buy US weapons because they want to. States role is to make sure that there are no violations of US law
So the company like Raytheon would still own the IP, but anyone has to buy it would have to go through the USG -- FMS or otherwise. And companies better make sure they involved the USG when they want to sell or market their products, or risk being raided and shut down.
Very similar to commercial thingies, except stricter