Lockheed Martin has announced its second-generation aegis ballistic missile defense system has intercepted a missile using satellite-based information, according to a company statement.
Nick Bucci, Lockheed’s mission systems and training business BMD development programs director, said the test is the first time the aegis has used information from tracking satellites to intercept a missile.
“For a long time, many have believed the best path forward for missile defense is an architecture that combines flexible sea-based defenses with persistent space-based capabilities. This test proves that technology and that architecture can be a reality,” he added.
During the Missile Defense Agency test, sailors on USS Lake Erie used tracking information from space tracking and surveillance satellites to intercept a standard missile-3 block IA guided missile.
Lockheed said the second-generation missile defense system has undergone nine tests in three years.
26 U.S. warships have the capability to engage ballistic missiles with aegis and perform long-range surveillance and tracking missions and that number is expected to increase to 32 by 2014.
The second-generation update to the missile defense system includes commercial-off-the-shelf signal processing equipment and updates to its weapon system computer programs.
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