The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday that a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system was completed with personnel from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy.
This test was the first flight test for this system in order to simulate engagements of three short-range targets. Exercises that tested fire control, engagement functions and discrimination were also performed for the naval component of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System.
The report states that at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday three short-range missile engagements were launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. According to the report, two destroyers holding the Aegis BMD system utilized data collected, and the onboard distributed weighted engagement scheme (DWES) activated, simulated engagement with the target and determined which ship would be the best one to neutralize the threat. The test did not cover an attempted intercept, so no guided missiles of any type were launched.
These results will be used by the MDA to make improvements to the Ballistic Missile Defense System and to advance missile defense plans in Europe to better protect U.S. and allied forces deployed there.
According to the report this was also the first test that showed the DWES's capability with live targets.