On October 3, 2013, the US Navy and the Missile Defense Agency
successfully engaged it intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target from the USS Lake Erie.
Flight test mission 22 continue to demonstrate performance of
the second generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System
and SM-3 Blk 1B by engaging in Aegis Readiness
Assessment Vehicle Extended Range target. In every flight test Aegis BMD has
made a priority that the flight tests are operationally realistic, conducted under simulated operational
conditions and scenarios, with tactically configured systems
operated by fleet sailors During FTM-22, Commander US Navy
Operational Test and Evaluation Force continue the operational assessment of the
BMD 4.0 Weapon System and SM-3 Blk IB. Their assessment will support an upcoming
full rate production decision by the Missile Defense Executive Board.
Prior tests of the second generation Aegis BMD system have examined performance
against a variety of simulated threats. FTM 22 continues did increase complexity with the longer-range, separating target.
Increasing test complexity enhances operator knowledge in system confidence
under operational conditions. A US Navy Aegis cruiser is position
more than 250 nautical miles off the coast of Kauai, conducting a simulated
BMD station patrol. The ship uses simulated operational intelligence to configure the Aegis weapon system to
protect the assigned defended area. Based on mission planner outputs,
the ship’s crew programs the SPY-1 radar to perform a
search, optimized for the assigned Ballistic Missile Defense mission. The ship is not informed of the launch time. The ARAV Extended Range target is launched
from the Pacific Missile Range facility on the island of Kauai. The target flies a nominal trajectory,
and the mock warhead separates from the booster. As the target rises above the horizon, the SPY-1
radar acquires and tracks the target. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Weapon
System develops a fire control solution, and the ship’s crew monitors
preparations for the SM-3 launch. “Eagle Away”
Several minutes after target launch, the weapon system fires the Standard
Missile-3 Block IB. The missile completes booster burn and
separation, followed by second stage rocket motor burn and separation.
Airborne cameras tracked the missile throughout most of its flight. During flight, the weapon system provides
guidance commands to the missile. After second stage separation,
the third stage rocket motor ignites, propelling the missile out of the
atmosphere and into space. After 3rd stage pulse 1 burns out, the missile ejects it nosecone,
then ignites third stage pulse 2. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Weapon
System provides a final update to the missile. Based upon the most precise information
from the SPY-1 radar and BMD signal processor, the Kinetic Warhead is ejected from the third stage.
After separation, the throttable divert and attitude
control system ignites and stabilizes the Kinetic warhead.
The infrared seeker, informed by information previously
received from the ship, selects the target, and calculates final
divert and attitude control system commands to close the target.
As range decreases the target image grows in the seeker
field of view The two color seeker, advanced signal processor, and improve divert and attitude control
system guide the Kinetic Warhead to intercept.
Mark India! A direct hit. This test demonstrated the system’s
ability to acquire, track, and engage a medium-range,
ballistic missile warhead under operational conditions.
Numerous ground, sea, and air based platforms observe the intercept. The energy from the impact is calculated
to be in excessive 125 mega joules, equivalent to a 10-ton truck travelling 600mph. Another successful intercept for Aegis
Ballistic Missile Defense, which further validates the second
generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense engagement capability. This was the 5th successful intercept
test using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0
Weapon System, including the Ballistic Missile Defense
signal processor, and the Standard Missile-3 Blk IB missile. The engagement was performed under
strict operational testing conditions, and again validated the fleet’s ability
to conduct operational planning, operate and maintain the Aegis Ballistic
Missile Defense 4.0 Weapon System, and successfully interceptors separating
ballistic missile target. Test results also inform Fleet Training
and Operational Employment Doctrine. This test completes requirements for the
full rate production decision and approval for operational deployment,
pending the report from Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force. The Missile Defense Agency and the US Navy are
continuing to improve and deploy the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability in support of global deployment requirements. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense,