Latest Aegis Combat System Successful Against Medium-Range Ballistic Missiles
USS JOHN PAUL JONES — The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 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.
During the test, the system detected, tracked, engaged and launched both missiles to intercept a Medium-Range Ballistic-Missile target, Lockheed Martin said in an Aug. 30 release.
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 9.1.
“The recent ballistic missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii demonstrates that Aegis can successfully execute complicated missions against a medium-range ballistic missile target,” said Paul Klammer, director of Aegis BMD for Lockheed Martin. “This latest test continues to demonstrate the cutting-edge capabilities and reliability of the Aegis Baseline 9 system.”
The test, called Flight Test Standard Missile–27 Event 2, demonstrated the integrated capabilities of the Aegis Weapon System and how it has continually evolved to counter advanced threats.