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Pearl Harbor ship conducts successful missile defense test

By Star-Advertiser staff


The Pearl Harbor-based USS Lake Erie fired a test missile that hit a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean in the second successful test of the Navy’s Standard Missile-3 Block 1B interceptor missile.

The Missile Defense Agency said the intercept happened at about 11:15 p.m. Hawaii time. The target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. The USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar and the Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block 1B missile.

The USS Lake Erie continued to track the target and sent trajectory information to the SM-3 Block IB missile in-flight. The intercepter missile maneuvered to a point in space, as designated by the fire control solution, and released its warhead, which flew into the path of a target and destroyed it with the force of a direct impact in what the Navy calls a hit-to-kill intercept.

“Initial indications are that all components performed as designed resulting in a very accurate intercept,” the missile agency said in a news release.

The USS Lake Erie also conducted a successful test of the SM-3 Block 1B missile and Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system on May 9.

The Missile Defense Agency called Tuesday night’s test a “critical accomplishment” for the second phase of the missile defense system, which scheduled to be deployed in Romania in 2015.

This was the 23rd successful intercept in 28 flight test firings for the Aegis BMD program. Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, it is the 54th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 68 flight tests since 2001.

Aegis BMD is the sea-based midcourse component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System and is designed to intercept and destroy short to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.

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manakuke wrote:
Right on targeting Navy!
on June 27,2012 | 06:46AM
cojef wrote:
Missile defense initiatives have always been diplomatically a hot potato politically. However, in order to maintain our National security this strategy is a necessity. A good defense shield will insure Our security, and deter others from provoking Us into any confrontations.
on June 27,2012 | 08:04AM
HD36 wrote:
The US spends more on military than all other countries in the world combined. The US is also the largest debtor nation in the history of the world. Facts. See collapse of the Roman Empire for similarities.
on June 27,2012 | 08:13AM
kauai wrote:
Would you prefer speaking a language other than english and living under a non-democracy regime? Fact: The Roman Empire was exactly that, an empire. It expanded itself by conquering others and occupying said conquered regions which necessitated maintaining a standing occupying military force and supply lines. We are not conquering anyone with a missile defense system; we're protecting ourselves from adversaries, rouge and otherwise, who may contemplate launching a missile attack against us.
on June 27,2012 | 10:47AM
HD36 wrote:
Fact: the United States was founded on a republic, not a democracy. Would you have wanted England or France to come to the aid of the South during the civil war? Fact: The Roman Empire diluted their citizens money supply by putting cheaper metals into their currency while only the politicians used silver and gold. Fact, the US dollar has lost over 90% of its value since Nixon took us off the gold standard. The Romans expanded beyond their boundries and couldn't pay their soldiers in the end. Fact: the US is headed for a currency collapse and what you get paid for in dollars will only buy a small percentage of what it used to. Fact: we already have enough nuclear missles to blow the world up many times over.
on June 27,2012 | 04:04PM
Kuniarr wrote:
It is amazing how in the 1980s Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative was mocked calling it "Star Wars" and today we are seeing Reagan's vision of Missile Defense come to limited reality. For our Missile Defense is only effective against a limited inter-continental nuclear attack.
on June 27,2012 | 09:05AM
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