U.S. completes successful multiple target missile defense test

The Missile Defense Agency, Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Pacific Command announced on Tuesday a successful test of a complex missile defense flight.

The test, done in conjunction with U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Battery and the 2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was conducted by U.S. Navy sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Decatur. The result of the test was the interception of two medium-range ballistic missile targets.

The test was conducted near the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site and surrounding areas in the western Pacific. A major goal of the test was determining the ability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon systems to function in a layered defense architecture and to destroy two near-simultaneous ballistic missile targets.

To begin the test, two medium-range ballistic missile targets were launched at a defended area near Kwajalein. The USS Decatur detected and tracked the first target with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. A missile was then launched by the destroyer, which went on to successfully intercept the target.

A second AN/TPY-2 radar in terminal mode located, acquired and tracked the second missile using its THAAD weapon system. A THAAD interceptor missile was launched and successful intercepted the second missile.

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