Aegis BMD FTM 04-1 (FM-7) Stellar Dragon

Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry “Trey” Obering, director of the Missile Defense Agency, announced today that an interceptor missile launched from the US Navy Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie successfully intercepted and destroyed a short-range target missile launched from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This is the fifth successful intercept in six tests. This test marked the first use of an operationally configured Standard Missile 3 interceptor, and is designed to intercept and destroy short to intermediate range ballistic missiles. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense is an integral part of the Ballistic Missile Defense System now being developed, tested and fielded by the Missile Defense Agency as part of a “layered” missile defense designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles of all ranges—short, medium, intermediate and long-range—during any phase of their flight. The target missile was launched from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai at 11:03 am Hawaii Standard Time (4:03 pm Eastern Standard Time). About one minute later the USS Lake Erie launched the Standard Missile 3 from its patrol area located more than 100 miles from Kauai, and the intercept was achieved about two minutes after the interceptor was launched. The USS Lake Erie detected, then tracked the target and developed a fire control solution and launched the Standard Missile 3. The interceptor missile tracked successfully to put itself into the path of the incoming target

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