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SM-3 Block IIA Launched From Aegis Ashore Successfully Intercepts Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile Target During Operational Test

December 11, 2018 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conducted Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03). This was an operational live fire test demonstrating the Aegis Weapon System Engage On Remote capability to track and intercept an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor.

U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test

October 26, 2018 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard USS JOHN FINN (DDG-113) successfully conducted an intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test off the west coast of Hawaii.

Japan Missile Defense Flight Test Successful Through Intercept

September 12, 2018 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announce the successful completion of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii.

Five MDA Mentor Protégé Teams Win Nunn-Perry Award

April 26, 2018 - Small Business Programs

The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs announced that five teams supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) under the auspices of the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program will receive the prestigious Nunn-Perry Award.

Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army Test Interoperability of THAAD and PATRIOT Missile Defense Systems

April 6, 2018 - Ballistic Missile Defense System

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army successfully conducted a missile defense tracking exercise today from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The test supported the materiel release of the THAAD 3.0 software upgrades and demonstrated the interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and PATRIOT weapons systems.

IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete a Flight Test of the Arrow 3 Missile Defense System

Feb. 19, 2018 - International Cooperation

Today, February 19, 2018, at 0230 the Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of the Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) at Israel's Ministry of Defense, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system that is designed to defend against ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere. The test was conducted at a test site in central Israel and was led by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in collaboration with the Israeli Air Force.

Test Conducted From Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex

Jan. 31, 2018 - Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) conducted a live-fire missile flight test Jan. 31 using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. This was a developmental and operational test of a new capability and utilized a missile variant not yet in production. The primary objective of the test, to intercept an air-launched intermediate-range ballistic missile target with an SM-3 Block IIA missile, was not achieved. However, much was still learned that demonstrated an increase in the effective range of the overall ballistic missile defense system.

Formidable Shield 2017: Ship Engages BMD Target during NATO exercise, MDA and Navy conduct SM-6 test launch

Oct. 15, 2017 - International Cooperation

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a ballistic missile target as well as three anti-ship cruise missiles Oct. 15 as part of exercise Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17). Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) is conducting Formidable Shield on behalf of the U.S. 6th Fleet. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is also a major participant in this exercise.

Aegis BMD System Intercepts Target Missile

Aug. 29, 2017 - Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

The Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target using Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) guided missiles during a test off the coast of Hawaii today.

THAAD Intercepts Test Target

July 30, 2017 - Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted a successful missile defense test today using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. A medium-range target ballistic missile (MRBM) was air-launched by a U.S. Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean. The THAAD weapon system located at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, detected, tracked and intercepted the target.

THAAD Successfully Intercepts Target in Missile Defense Test

July 11, 2017 - Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted an intercept test today of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.