Defense

October 4, 2013

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System completes successful intercept flight test

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted an operational flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile.

At approximately 7:33 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, Oct. 3, a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew northwest towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean. Following target launch, the USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block IB guided missile to engage the target. The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space and released its kinetic warhead. The kinetic warhead acquired the target reentry vehicle, diverted into its path, and, using only the force of a direct impact, engaged and destroyed the target.

Program officials will assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

This test exercised the latest version of the second-generation Aegis BMD Weapon System, capable of engaging longer range and more sophisticated ballistic missiles.

Todayís event, designated Flight Test – Standard Missile-22 (FTM-22), was the fifth consecutive successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB guided missile with the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System. Findings of operational tests, FTM-21 and 22 will support follow-on production decisions for the SM-3 Block IB guided missile.

FTM-22 is the 28th successful intercept in 34 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002. Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, this is the 64th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 80 flight test attempts since 2001.

Aegis BMD is the naval component of the MDAís Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis BMD engagement capability defeats short- to intermediate-range, unitary and separating, midcourse-phase ballistic missile threats with the SM-3, as well as short-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase with the Standard Missile-2†(SM-2) Block IV missile. The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Air Force photograph by Isaac Cruz

‘Batman’ fix to sustain C-5s for decades, saving millions

Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has hit another milestone by being the first to complete a new major structural repair on a C-5M which will bring in millions of dollars in revenue and sustain the Air Force’s fleet for decades...
 
 
Army photograph by David Kamm

Soldiers of the future will generate their own power

Army photograph by David Kamm A soldier conducts dismounted maneuvers wearing Lightning Pack’s Rucksack Harvester, Bionic Power’s Knee Harvester and MC-10’s photovoltaic Solar Panel Harvester, during an energy...
 
 
Navy photograph by PO1 John Parker

Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 2 established

Navy photograph by PO1 John Parker Capt. Paul Young, commodore of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 delivers remarks during a command establishment ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Capt. Paul Young assumed command of t...
 

 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Marleah Robertson

F-35 water survival instructor keeps training afloat

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Marleah Robertson An IRVIN-GQ 6000 parachute stays afloat as each new F-35A Lightning II pilot completes required tasks during a water survival class on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 31, 2014. T...
 
 
Army photograph

Army robotics researchers look far into the future

Army photograph Army researchers explore adding a flexible torso to a legged robot to offer increased speed, maneuverability and running efficiency over extremely rough terrains, compared to wheeled, tracked and stiff-backed le...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

F-35 takes center stage at Nellis Open House

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-35A Lightning II piloted by Maj. Brad Matherne, 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-35 test director, leads an F-22 Raptor in flight during the opening ceremony of the open h...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>