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Missile successfully shot down in test off Kauai

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 12:33 p.m. HST, May 16, 2013


For the 10th time in three years, the Pearl Harbor-based cruiser USS Lake Erie successfully intercepted a short-range ballistic missile target that was launched from Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility.

The latest test missile intercept occurred at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday when a short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, the Missile Defense Agency announced. 

The target missile left Kauai heading northwest. 

The crew of the Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar.

The Navy cruiser is equipped with an Aegis BMD weapon system and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile. The missile released its kinetic warhead, which destroyed the target. 

The test marks the 10th time in three years that the USS Lake Erie and its crew successfully performed at-sea operations against cruise and ballistic missile targets using the second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile system. The last successful intercept by the Lake Erie occurred Feb. 12.

In March, the White House said the U.S. is fully capable of defending itself against a North Korean ballistic missile attack after Pyongyang threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.

Last year, two Pearl Harbor-based Aegis ballistic missile defense destroyers, with similar missile intercept capabilities, had their missions altered, with the USS Russell’s seven-month deployment extended and the USS O’Kane rerouted in the Sea of Japan to monitor another North Korean missile test, which failed.

The Kauai test is the 25th successful intercept in 31 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002. Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, this is the 59th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 74 flight tests since 2001. 

The Aegis missile system is the naval component of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. 







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PokeStop wrote:
Sure hope it works when the real threat arrives! All it takes is one miss and we're history!
on May 16,2013 | 08:18AM
OldDiver wrote:
Which is why anti missiles system are useless in time of war. The only beneficiaries of this are the defense contractors.
on May 16,2013 | 08:45AM
Dragonman wrote:
I am sure that if a missile was headed your way you would feel quite differently about anti missile systems.
on May 16,2013 | 10:18AM
thos wrote:
No doubt you are one of the ancient Luddites who sneered at Reagan’s March 1983 decision to launch a Strategic Defense Initiative that would fund basic R&D efforts to identify and evaluate means of destroying incoming ballistic missiles in all three regimes of their flight: launch, exo-atmospheric, and terminal. Head in sand ostriches like you so despised the Gipper and all his magnificent works, you mocked SDI with the term “star wars”, implying it was a fantasy that could “NEVER” work. Well, Old Diver, much to your discomfort, the concept has been proven - - clearly it DOES work.
on May 17,2013 | 05:23AM
64hoo wrote:
we won't be history let north korea fire there missles at us we will knock them out, when we fire are missles at them they can't knock ours out. so north korea will be history.
on May 16,2013 | 10:29PM
autumnrose wrote:
Hooray! Our tax dollars at work. No sequestering here?
on May 16,2013 | 12:39PM
Kuniarr wrote:
OldDiver, an anti-missile defense system is a deterrent against any nation thinking of launching a nuclear attack against the Us for the US has the capability of obliterating the attacker with its own nuclear capability.

It is ludicrous and silly to think nothing of the Missile Defense System and talk only about the benefits defense contractors get. Geez, OD, a bullet proof vest is not 100% guaranteed to stop a bullet during war time. Are you such a j**k as to think that these vests are useless for our fighting men and only the defense contractors making them are the only beneficiaries?
on May 17,2013 | 04:02AM
thos wrote:
The real purpose of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative was NEVER to create a leak proof barrier to incoming ballistic missiles. While there was some promise in the idea of stopping SOME incoming missiles, the real purpose of SDI was entirely strategic: to defeat and destroy the Soviet Union as a viable political entity through the idea of COST LEVERAGING. Which is to say spend a little to force the USSR to spend a LOT. Unlike the Reagan hating simpletons here in USA, the Soviets quickly understood that [1] while their economy could NO WAY handle the hideous expense of earth and space based deployment of such a defensive system that [2] those pesky Americans - - who had won a come from behind race to the moon - - not only had the economic strength but also the technical know how they might just succeed. This is what persuaded the Politburo to bench hardliners like Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, and Konstantin Chernenko, and begin instead a charm offensive orchestrated by Mikhail Gorbachev. Unfortunately for Gorby, his twin initiatives of Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika (restructuring) got away from him and the Soviet Union collapsed ….. exactly as Reagan had planned according to the impact of SDI.
on May 17,2013 | 05:40AM
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