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Aegis System, SM-3 Missiles Undergo MDA Intercept Tests

090326-N-0000X-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26,  2009) The San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires a missile Thursday,  March 26,  2009 during training exercise Stellar Daggers in the Pacific Ocean. Benfold engaged multiple targets with Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA and modified SM-2 BLK IV missiles. The overall objective of Stellar Daggers was to test the Aegis system's sea-based ability to simultaneously detect,  track,  engage and destroy multiple incoming air and ballistic missile threats during terminal or final phase of flight. The BenfoldÂ’s Aegis Weapons System successfully detected and intercepted a cruise missile target with a SM-2 BLK IIIA,  while simultaneously detecting and intercepting an incoming SRBM target with a modified SM-2 BLK IV. This is the first time the fleet has successfully tested the Aegis system's ability to intercept both an SRBM in terminal phase and a low-altitude cruise missile target at the same time. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

TYSONS CORNER, VA August 5, 2015 — Defense and military officials concluded a round of intercept flight test events for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii last week, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday.

During the exercise, the USS John Paul Jones detected, tracked and engaged multiple targets with Raytheon-made (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-3 missiles using Aegis, developed by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), MDA said Monday.

“This important test campaign not only demonstrated an additional terminal defense layer of the BMDS, it also proved the robustness of the multiuse SM-6 missile onboard a Navy destroyer, further reinforcing the dynamic capability of the Aegis Baseline 9 weapon system, ” said MDA Director Vice Adm. James D. Syring.

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