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    Lockheed Martinís Second Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Intercepts Most Sophisticated Target To Date

    KAUAI, Hawaii, Sept. 19, 2013


    The Lockheed Martin, Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated, on the first attempt, the second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon Systemís capability to engage a sophisticated, separating short range ballistic missile target with two Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missiles that were fired and guided to intercept nearly simultaneously.

    The test, known as Flight Test - Standard Missile-21 (FTM-21), was an operational test for Aegis BMD and SM-3 Block IB guided missile to engage and defeat a ballistic missile threat. FTM-21 marked the tenth time the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and crew have successfully performed in Navy and Missile Defense Agency at-sea test events against cruise and ballistic missile targets using the second generation of the Aegis BMD configuration.

    ďThis latest test is the first time we have seen USS Lake Erie, sailors, and Aegis BMD Weapon System schedule, analyze, launch and control multiple missiles in flight through intercept at the same time,Ē said Nick Bucci, Director of BMD Development Programs at Lockheed Martinís Mission Systems and Training business. ďThe Aegis BMD 4.0.2 configuration provides the Navy with the ability to respond to ever increasing and evolving ballistic missile threats around the world with persistent and reliable capabilities.Ē

    The central component of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis BMD Combat System is the SPY-1 radar, the most widely fielded naval phased array radar in the world. The Aegis system and SPY-1 radar provide the U.S. and allied nations with advanced surveillance, anti-air warfare and missile defense capabilities.

    The Missile Defense Agency and Navy are jointly developing Aegis BMD as part of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. Currently, 27 Aegis BMD-equipped warships have the certified capability to engage ballistic missiles and perform long-range surveillance and tracking missions, as well as an additional four ships in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. The U.S. Navy plans to procure seven new Aegis BMD-equipped destroyers, and has also planned to develop two Aegis Ashore systems to perform ballistic missile defense.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/new...t-to-date.html

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    Aegis BMD Stellar Ninja (FTM-21) B-Roll



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    Published on Sep 20, 2013


    B-Roll material for Flight Mission FTM-21.
    Approved for Public Release, 13-MDA-7554 (18 Sep 2013)

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    "Stellar Ninja" ?

    Awesome!

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    I wonder why it was considered the most sophisticated target to date. They've shot down much faster, longer ranged, separating targets before.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/conten...15JAN10%29.pdf



    http://www.mda.mil/global/documents/pdf/aegis_tests.pdf

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    Very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    I wonder why it was considered the most sophisticated target to date. They've shot down much faster, longer ranged, separating targets before.[/URL]
    Interesting question.


    Another video of the test event:

    Aegis Ballistic Missile Test with USS Lake Erie (CG 70)



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    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted a flight test today of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, resulting in the intercept of a complex separating short-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile.

    At approximately 2:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (8:30 p.m. EDT), a complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew northwest towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean. Following target launch, the USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched two SM-3 Block IB guided missiles to engage the target. The first SM-3 that was launched successfully intercepted the target warhead. This was the first salvo mission of two SM-3 Block IB guided missiles launched against a single separating target.

    Official U.S. Navy Video courtesy Missile Defense Agency www.mda.mil

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    Interesting. It looks like there were three "target" items and it hit the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    Interesting. It looks like there were three "target" items and it hit the right one.
    In that shot the IR camera is following the SM-3, not the target. Nosecone, Kill Vehicle, Upper stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halidon View Post
    In that shot the IR camera is following the SM-3, not the target. Nosecone, Kill Vehicle, Upper stage.
    Interesting. You'd think there would be more distance between them.

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    Do they test it with simple decoys around the RV in space , a separating small RV following a ballistic path wont be much of a challenge for SM-3 , may be a MaRV target is a better challenge

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    Another video, a bit more information:


    Aegis BMD Stellar Ninja (FTM-21) Flight Mission Success Quicklook



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    Published on Sep 21, 2013


    Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Completes Successful Intercept Flight Test
    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted a flight test today of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, resulting in the intercept of a complex separating short-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile.

    At approximately 2:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (8:30 p.m. EDT), a complex separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew northwest towards a broad ocean area of the Pacific Ocean. Following target launch, the USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched two SM-3 Block IB guided missiles to engage the target. The first SM-3 that was launched successfully intercepted the target warhead. This was the first salvo mission of two SM-3 Block IB guided missiles launched against a single separating target.

    Program officials will assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

    This test exercised the latest version of the second-generation Aegis BMD Weapon System, capable of engaging longer range and more sophisticated ballistic missiles. This was an operationally realistic test, in which the target's launch time and bearing are not known in advance, and the target complex was the most difficult target engaged to date.

    Today's event, designated Flight Test-Standard Missile-21 (FTM-21), was the fourth consecutive successful intercept test of the SM-3 Block IB guided missile with the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System.

    FTM-21 is the 27th successful intercept in 33 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002. Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, this is the 63rd successful hit-to-kill intercept in 79 flight test attempts since 2001.

    Aegis BMD is the naval component of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis BMD engagement capability defeats short- to intermediate-range, unitary and separating, midcourse-phase ballistic missile threats with the SM-3, as well as short-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase with the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IV missile. The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.

    Approved for Public Release, 13-MDA-7555 (18 Sep 13)

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    I'm trying to avoid a critical tone here, but is anybody besides the USS Lake Erie getting any practice at this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt-Col A. Tack View Post
    I'm trying to avoid a critical tone here, but is anybody besides the USS Lake Erie getting any practice at this?
    See the "aegis_tests.pdf" in Post #4.

    Also, most likely the reason Lake Erie is getting all the "practice" is it's probably got a whole bunch of test equipment for collecting test data that would not be fitted to line ships. Same reason Wasp is doing all the F-35B testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    See the "aegis_tests.pdf" in Post #4.


    Many thanks, sir.

    I was just worried that we had only one ship with any experience in BMD.

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