Lockheed Martin announces successful missile defense test

Lockheed Martin, along with the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy, announced on Friday a successful test of the second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system and SM-3 Block IB guided missile.

The test was performed to see if the system could successfully launch, track, and engage the newest medium-range ballistic missile target configuration known as Flight Test - Standard Missile-22. The test, done with the USS Lake Erie, was a success and demonstrated the system's ability to defend against increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile threats.

"This threat scenario against a medium-range target represented the potential threats that we're facing in today's defense environment - and this latest Aegis BMD mission success, run by the Sailors of the USS Lake Erie, demonstrated the readiness of our missile defense capabilities to take on those threats," Nick Bucci, the director of BMD development programs at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business, said. "As the targets and threat scenarios become more advanced, our Aegis BMD system is keeping pace with innovative solutions to safeguard our global security."

The Aegis BMD 4.0X configuration allows the Navy to defeat numerous types of ballistic threats by using sensors from space, land and sea. The key component of this configuration is the SPY-1 radar, the most widely fielded naval phased array radar in the world.

Friday's test builds on last month's test, FTM-21, which was the eleventh time the USS Lake Erie and crew performed a successful test.

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