The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy evaluated the intercept capabilities of a ballistic missile defense system and a missile designed to help engage long-range targets during a test Wednesday.
Sailors on board the USS Lake Erie launched the Standard Missile-3 Block IB missile to intercept and destroy a target fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii heading northwest to the Pacific Ocean, the Defense Department said Thursday.
Lake Erie operators used the built-in AN/SPY-1 radar to spot the target and the Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system to guide the SM-3 Block IB missile, built to counter short to intermediate ranging and separating ballistic weapons.
Flight Test Standard Missile-19 represented the third test for the Aegis BMD 4.0 and the SM-3 Block IB intercept.
Aegis BMD has intercepted the target 25 times in 31 tests and performed 59 hit-to-kill intercepts in 74 flight tests since 2001, the Pentagon says.
The most recent ABMD 4.0 and SM-3 Block IB intercept tests occurred in May and June of last year.
Program officials will base their evaluations on the interceptor’s telemetry and other test results.