U.S. Navy Successfully Conducts Aegis BMD Flight Test

USS Lake Erie / AP

USS Lake Erie / AP


The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it had successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), intercepting a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean.

The test was conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the U.S.S. Lake Erie.

 Initial indications are that all components performed as designed.  Program officials will assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

This test exercised the latest version of the second-generation Aegis BMD Weapon System and Standard Missile, providing capability for engagement of longer-range and more sophisticated ballistic missiles.

Aegis BMD is the naval component of the MDA’s Ballistic Missile Defense System.  The Aegis BMD engagement capability defeats short-to intermediate-range, unitary and separating, midcourse-phase ballistic missile threats with the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3), as well as short-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase with the SM-2 Block IV missile.  The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.