November 21, 2020
Maritime Staff Office
Results of SM-3 Launch Tests of Destroyers Maya and Haguro (Success)
The Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), with the support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy, conducted the launch test as follows to confirm the ballistic missile defense functions of the destroyers Maya and Haguro.
It was the first time that a Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel launched the SM-3 Block IIA, an advanced ballistic missile defense interceptor developed jointly by Japan and the United States. Improved.

A launch from the escort ship Haguro

1 date
(1) Destroyer Maya: November 16, 2020 (Wednesday)
(2) Destroyer Haguro: November 19, 2020 (Sat)
2 Test sea area
Around Hawaii, USA
3 Participating units
Escort ships Maya and Haguro
4 Test outline, etc.
Destroyers Maya and Haguro intercept ballistic missile targets launched from Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.A. with SM-3.
(1) Destroyer Maya: Launch of SM-3 Block IIA
(Ballistic missile defense-enhanced interceptor missile jointly developed by Japan and the United States)
(2) Destroyer Haguro: Launch of SM-3 Block IB
5 Test results
(1) Destroyer “Maya” : Successfully hit the target outside the atmosphere
(2) Destroyer “Haguro”: Hitting the target outside the atmosphere, success
6 Others
(1) This is the first time that two destroyers conducted SM-3 launch tests at the same time.
(2) We conducted a tracking test (November 21) without actual launch and confirmed new functions.
(3) We have implemented the necessary measures against the new coronavirus infection.