Raytheon SM-3, Lockheed Aegis System and Radar Put to MDA-Navy Test

MDA photo
MDA photo

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.

Raytheon manufactures SM-3 and Lockheed Martin makes both the AN/SPY-1 radar and the Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system.

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.

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