Lockheed Martin has completed an operational test with the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy where a ballistic missile target was intercepted.
During the Flight Test – Standard Missile-22, the team used a Lockheed Martin-developed second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system to launch, track and engage a SM-3 Block IB guided missile, Lockheed Martin announced Oct. 4.
The Bethesda, Md.-based company said that the Aegis BMD 4.0.X configuration will allow the Navy “to quickly defeat sophisticated ballistic missile threats” by using sensors integrated from space, land and sea.
The FTM-22 is the 11th at-sea test that the USS Lake Erie has performed with the Navy and MDA using the Aegis BMD system and 27 other vessels in the U.S. military are equipped with the weapons system.
“This threat scenario against a medium-range target represented the potential threats that we’re facing in today’s defense environment,” said Nick Bucci, Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business director of BMD development programs.
The Aegis weapons system uses the SPY-1 radar, the most widelyused naval phased array radar in the world.