USS John Finn Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test

October 26, 2018 – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and USS John Finn (DDG 113) successfully conducted an intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test off the west coast of Hawaii. The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the U.S. and Japan and operates as part of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense system. On Oct. 26, 2018, the target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. John Finn detected and…

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Latest Aegis Combat System is Successful Against Medium Range Ballistic Missiles

USS JOHN PAUL JONES, supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, successfully fired two Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual I missiles against a medium-range ballistic missile target from the Aegis Combat System August 30th. During the test, the system detected, tracked, engaged and launched both missiles to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile target. This exercise marked the seventh successful intercept test of the Aegis Baseline 9.1 (BMD 5.0CU) Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tracking and engagement capabilities and the third successful SM-6 BMD intercept test using Baseline…

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Raytheon developing first of its kind automated assessment system for 21st century wargame scenarios

February 16, 2017 – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon Company a contract to develop an automated tool that assesses the effectiveness of using missiles and interceptors (kinetic) and cyber and electronic warfare (non-kinetic) weapons in wargames. The system automatically teaches participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, ultimately better preparing warfighters to succeed. The Raytheon Coordinated Cyber/Electronic Warfare Integrated Fires program, or CCEWIF, uses analytics to assess the probabilities of success within a war game scenario, using a mix of kinetic and non-kinetic options.  Raytheon…

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Next-gen Standard Missile-3 completes first intercept test

February 4, 2017 – The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have completed the first successful intercept flight test of a Raytheon Company Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA, a defensive weapon designed to defeat short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats. Crew members onboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) launched a SM-3 Block IIA, which successfully engaged and destroyed a land-launched target resembling an advanced ballistic missile threat. “The SM-3 Block IIA program continues to reflect MDA’s commitment to maturing this regional ballistic missile defense capability for the defense of our nation,…

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U.S., Japan Successfully Conduct First SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test

February 3, 2017 – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the United States and Japan to defeat medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor operates as part of…

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Next Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Engages Medium Range Ballistic Missile Target

 February 6, 2017 – USS John Paul Jones, supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, used the latest evolution of her Aegis Combat System to detect, track, engage and launch a missile to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile target. This exercise marked the first shipboard demonstration of the Aegis Baseline 9.2 (BMD 5.1) Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tracking and engagement capabilities against more complex threats with increased battle space in support of the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach to protect Europe from ballistic missile attack. The…

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