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Missile Defense: Complex At Sea Test This Week

November 5, 2007

Aviation Week & Space  Technology
November 5, 2007

On the heels of a successful intercept demonstration  from  its mobile land-based missile defense system, the U.S. Missile  Defense  Agency  is shifting its focus for a test this week of the sea-based  Aegis  ballistic  missile  defense  system with its most complex
target  set  to  date.  The Aegis radar and interceptor system on board USS Lake  Erie  will  be  the  primary  system for the trial.

It will be pitted against  two short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) targets launched from the Pacific  Missile  Range  Facility  near the island of Kauai, Hawaii, nearly  simultaneously. The ship … will be required to detect, track and target the hostile  surrogates.  It  must  also  fire  two  of  its  own SM-3 Block 1A interceptors  for  the engagement portion of the flight trial. Adding a new element  for  this  test,  though,  is  participation from Japan’s JS Kongo Aegis-equipped  ship,  which  will  conduct its own detection, tracking and engagement  of  the  SRBMs in real time through a simulation exercise. …its simulated  participation  is  a  step toward a live-fire demonstration from
Japan’s  Aegis  system,  which  is  scheduled  to take place in December.

Meanwhile,  MDA  officials  continue to analyze data from an Oct. 27 flight test  of  the  Terminal  High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system.

These recent  test  successes allow MDA to move forward with more complex targets for  future  scenarios.  MDA plans to add countermeasures to a Ground-Based Missile  Defense (GMD) test early next year. And the target’s complexity is planned to expand for the next Thaad trial.