Raytheon's SM-3 missile and AN/TPY-2 missle radar have successful test
Flight Test Operational-01 was an operational test of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System conducted by the Missile Defense Agency. During this test, the SM-3 Block IA guided missile fired from the USS Decatur intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target. It was aided by the AN/TPY-2 radar, which was operating in forward-based mode.
"The SM-3 and AN/TPY-2 are two indispensable elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System," Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, the president of Raytheon Missile Systems, said. "This operational test proves our nation has capable, reliable systems deployed today defending the U.S. and its allies against the growing ballistic missile threat."
An additional AN/TPY-2 radar in terminal mode also detected and tracked the target. The two radars working together allow for a layered missile defense system, making it possible to shoot down multiple targets.
As ballistic missiles continue to proliferate and the weapons become more sophisticated, it's imperative the U.S. and our allies have proven, reliable defensive systems like SM-3 and AN/TPY-2," Dan Crowley, the president of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business, said. "SM-3 and both modes of the AN/TPY-2 are deployed around the world today, protecting warfighters, civilians and critical infrastructure."