Japan – Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA Missiles

August 27, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handling, storage, and transportation…

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SM-3 Block IIA Launched From Aegis Ashore Intercepts IRBM Target During Operational Test

December 11, 2018 – The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conducted Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03). This was an operational live fire test demonstrating the Aegis Weapon System Engage On Remote capability to track and intercept an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor. FTI-03 consisted of an IRBM target, air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the…

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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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Standard Missile-3 intercepts ballistic missile target during Japanese test at sea

September 12, 2018 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Missile Defense Agency completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) SM-3® Block IB missile intercepted a ballistic missile target, marking the first time Japan has tested the sophisticated interceptor as announced by MDA. The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the…

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Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17. This concludes exercise Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17), which began Sept. 24. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) conducted Formidable Shield on behalf of the U.S. 6th Fleet. During the collective self-defense scenario, the Netherlands frigate HNLMS Tromp (F803) fired a Standard Missile (SM) 2 and an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) against the supersonic…

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Raytheon systems support complex international ballistic missile defense exercise

A Raytheon built Standard Missile-3 intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target at sea as part of a multinational operational exercise off the coast of Scotland. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) fires a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 during Formidable Shield 2017. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy) The NATO-led exercise, Formidable Shield 17, was an integrated air and missile defense exercise simulating real-life threat scenarios. The event, supported by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy, was designed to evaluate the ability of allied navies’ ballistic missile…

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Aegis Combat System Successfully Completes Series of Air and Missile Defense Tests During NATO Exercise

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency, supported by Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a series of Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) tests in the Atlantic Ocean during Formidable Shield 2017 (FS-17) from Sept. 24 – Oct. 17, 2017. Naval forces from eight NATO nations participated in the exercise. Formidable Shield is designed to demonstrate and improve allied interoperability in an integrated air and missile defense environment, using NATO command-and-control reporting structures and datalink architecture. In one event, a U.S. Navy ship operating with the BMD 4.0.3 Aegis Combat System conducted a…

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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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