Air Defense For Ships Is Poor According To GAO Staff Study
(Baltimore Sun, 5 April 1972)
After spending hundreds of millions of dollars over nearly a decade on development, the U. S. Navy still does not have a missile that can effectively defend its ships from hostile aircraft, according to a report by the staff of the General Accounting Office, the Congressional watchdog agency.
The unreleased staff study deals with a $1-billion modernization of the fire-control systems of 20 Terrier missile ships, and the development of a replacement for the Terrier, called the Standard missile. Both missiles have been developed and are produced by General Dynamics.