The Missile Defense Agency has performed an operational flight test of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system and related assets in an effort to evaluate BMDS“™ capability to detect and intercept ballistic missile threats.
MDA said Sunday the test’s assets included Lockheed Martin-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon platforms, two Raytheon-made AN/TPY-2 radars and a Lockheed-developed Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications system.
Other BMDS test tools included a THAAD launcher, a THAAD battery with a THAAD Fire Control and Communications tool and a General Dynamics Bath Iron Works-built USS John Paul Jones ship equipped with AN/SPY-1 radar.
The Aegis BDMS and the THAAD weapons systems neutralized two air-launched ballistic missiles targets after the THAAD AN/TPY 2 radar detected the targets.
MDA also tested the capability of USS John Paul Jones to launch a Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missile against an air-breathing target.
MDA conducted the flight test with the U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. European Command in the western Pacific Ocean.