Trump orders new air defense interceptors, missiles, warplanes at Pentagon

The Trump administration on Friday ordered the deployment of hundreds of new interceptors and missile-defense systems at the U.S. military’s headquarters in Florida, including the Patriot and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The move follows weeks of criticism from Democrats over the Pentagon’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warning that U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran for its ballistic missile program would likely be used as a pretext for war.

The Pentagon has already purchased interceptors for the Patriot missile system, which is designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles.

It is also building a new version of the JASSM interceptor for the Navy.

Last month, the Trump administration also ordered the Pentagon to purchase about 1,000 Patriot missiles, the largest order of its kind since the war in Afghanistan.

But the administration has yet to announce a timeline for the purchase.