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U.S. Medium-Range Ballistic Defense Test Succeeds

Fri Jun 23, 2006 10:03 pm

A test conducted by one of our Aegis warships has succeeded in intercepting a ballistic missile warhead during its exoatmospheric phase of flight.

(Excerpt -- Press Release -- Boeing)

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Boeing [NYSE:BA] today supported the seventh successful intercept of a ballistic missile target by the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) and the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (Aegis BMD) weapon system.

The test, Aegis BMD Flight Test Maritime-10, further validated efforts by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy to provide a sea-based defense against short- to medium-range ballistic missile threats. This marks the first successful demonstration of the Block IA upgrades to the SM-3 and its Kinetic Warhead (KW), including enhanced discrimination, advanced guidance navigation and control, and sea-based deployability improvements.

"This lethal intercept by the SM-3 KW is confirmation that the system is fully capable of its mission to defend our warfighters, homeland and allies against ballistic missile attacks," said Debra Rub-Zenko, vice president of Boeing Integrated Missile Defense. "I am extremely proud of the dedication by the entire team in meeting our commitments to MDA and the Navy and in securing another layer of defense for our nation."

During the test, a medium-range ballistic missile target equipped with a separating warhead was launched from the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The target was detected and tracked by a U.S. Navy cruiser, the USS Shiloh (CG 67), which launched the SM-3 for an exo-atmospheric engagement. The SM-3 Kinetic Warhead successfully acquired the target and computed an accurate guidance and control intercept trajectory for the hit-to-kill intercept.

Source: http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q2/060622d_nr.html

Good show, Boeing! And great going, to our armed forces, and the efforts expended to defend ourselves from those who would harm us from afar.

[Edited 2006-06-23 15:11:57]
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RE: U.S. Medium-Range Ballistic Defense Test Succeeds

Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:36 pm

Military/space topic?

Anyway, isn't this going to fill low earth orbits with even more junk? Just in time for the next Shuttle launch.
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RE: U.S. Medium-Range Ballistic Defense Test Succeeds

Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:56 am

I read in another article that when these defense missles are launched from a navy gunship they have had 17/18 times positive test results, but when launched from the ground from Calfifornia & Alaska, they have only had 5/10 times positive test results. Oh well just throwing that in there. Good news to hear anyway!  bigthumbsup 
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RE: U.S. Medium-Range Ballistic Defense Test Succeeds

Sat Jun 24, 2006 5:01 am

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 1):
Military/space topic?

Anyway, isn't this going to fill low earth orbits with even more junk? Just in time for the next Shuttle launch.

You folks in Old Blighty might want to consider putting a bit of junk into space yourselves-now that you are within range for Iran.
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RE: U.S. Medium-Range Ballistic Defense Test Succeeds

Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:19 am

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 1):
Anyway, isn't this going to fill low earth orbits with even more junk? Just in time for the next Shuttle launch.

The point of a ballistic missile is for the warhead to come down...

Neither the missile or its interceptor ever gain orbital velocity.

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 2):
I read in another article that when these defense missles are launched from a navy gunship they have had 17/18 times positive test results, but when launched from the ground from Calfifornia & Alaska, they have only had 5/10 times positive test results

What I hope these test do is move to more and more realistic test conditions. Some of the early test were very biased to help the interceptor perform the kill, which is understandable in the first phases.

But now that the system is being declared "opperational," it should be tested in conditions as close to "opperational" as possible.

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