WUERZBURG, West Germany — The head of U.S. "Star Wars" research said today that technological progress on the project is moving more quickly than expected, and the United States may decide whether to deploy the system before the early 1990s target date.
Air Force Lt. Gen. James Abrahamson also told a news conference that NATO defense ministers were discussing the possibility of creating a defense against Soviet missiles aimed at Western Europe that would be linked to Star Wars.
Abrahamson spoke on the first day of a two-day NATO planning session. The meeting in this Bavarian city is expected to focus on the Star Wars program, officially known as the Strategic Defense Initiative or SDI.
He said a decision on the feasibility of deploying the space-based defense against Soviet missiles is still expected by the early 1990s.