MDA Puts Lockheed's THAAD, Raytheon's Radar and SM-3 to Live-Fire Missile Defense Test

MDA photo of THAAD

U.S. soldiers engaged five ballistic and cruise missiles during a recent live-fire exercise over Army’s Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and surrounding areas in the Western Pacific Ocean, the Missile Defense Agency announced Thursday.

MDA photo of PAC-3

This test involved the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, all made by Lockheed Martin.

Soldiers also used the AN/TPY-2 X-band radar, Standard Missiles 2 and SM-3, as well as the Patriot weapon system, all made by Raytheon.

In its release, MDA called the test the “largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted.”

MDA reports the test examined how an integrated air and ballistic missile defense architecture containing several sensors and missile defense systems could engage multiple targets at the same time.

In one test, an Air Force C-17 plane dropped an extended long range air launch target over the ocean, while an AN/TPY-2 radar tracked the missile and a THAAD interceptor engaged the missile.

A second test involved the launching of a short-range ballistic missile from a mobile launch platform located in the ocean area northeast of Kwajalein Atoll, with Air Force soldiers tracking and intercepting that target with a PAC-3 interceptor, MDA said.

MDA also reported the USS Fitzgerald engaged a low-flying cruise missile over water and an Aegis system also tracked and launched an SM-3 Block 1A interceptor against a short-range ballistic missile.

Army soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Navy sailors aboard the Fitzgerald and airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center carried out the test.

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