The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Japan Ministry of Defense and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) success
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Japan Ministry of Defense 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 Block IIA. Missile Defense Agency photos by Leah Garton
Success! U.S., Japan conduct intercept test

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense, 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).

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 the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system and can be launched from Aegis-equipped ships or Aegis Ashore sites.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time, Feb. 3 (3:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Feb. 4) a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. John Paul Jones detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1D(V) radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which intercepted the target.

For more details visit www.mda.mil.

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