US Navy sailors aboard USS John Finn successfully conducted an intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile during a test off the west coast of Hawaii.
This comes after two consecutive failures.
On October 26th, 2018, the target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. The USS John Finn detected and tracked the target missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system.
Upon acquiring and tracking the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which intercepted the target, say the DoD.
“This was a superb accomplishment and key milestone for the SM-3 Block IIA return to flight,” Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves said in a statement.
“My congratulations to the entire team, including our sailors, industry partners, and allies who helped achieve this milestone.”
“This second intercept for the SM-3 Block IIA is a success we share with the Missile Defense Agency and the country of Japan, our cooperative development partners,” Taylor Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president, said in a statement.
“Together, we are building the most advanced solutions for ballistic missile defense.”
The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the U.S. and Japan and operates as part of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense system.