The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory worked together to prepare the Standard Missile-3 Block IB missile and the Aegis defense system for another round of flight tests.
Navy personnel used a ship’s built-in radar to detect a ballistic missile target fired from the Pacific missile range facility located in Kauai, Hawaii, Johns Hopkins APL said Friday.
The Aegis BMD weapon system then launched the SM-3 to engage and destroy the target during the live-fire exercise, according to the release.
Flight Test – Standard Missile-21 marks the fourth consecutive test that the SM-3 and Aegis system combination have demonstrated intercept capabilities.
APL serves as the technical direction agent for the Aegis system and is responsible for evaluating and the integrating the weapon into the Navy’s fleet.